Types of families[change | edit source]
Three types of family are: nuclear family, single-parent family and extended family.
A single-parent family is one where either the mother or father is caring for the children in the family.
(Both the "nuclear family" and the "single-parent family" are also called the "immediate family".)
Extended family means father, mother, children, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. In the United States, there are some circumstances where the extended family comes to live either with or in place of a member of the nuclear family. But in most cases in the United States the extended family no longer lives in the same place, but in many countries including China and India, extended or joint families traditionally live together.