Adopting a Family Relationship Framework

Adopting a Family Relationship Framework

Answer the  questions below by using chapter 1 of your textbook.

1. A typical family system is characterized by  ___.

☒ an  evolved set of rules for itself and its members

☐  the lack of values

☐  decreased communication

☐  none of these apply

2. Which statement about families is true?

☐  Families never add new members

☐  Families can be influenced by the community in which they live in

☐  Family members all get along all the time

☐  none of these apply

3. Which statement is true about American  families?

☐ All American families are wealthy.

☐ American families can be made up of  members of many ethnicities and live in a wide variety of areas.

☐  Every American family is White, has two children, and lives in the suburbs.

☐  None of these apply

4. Rituals can best be described as  ___.

☐  beliefs that gods do not exist

☐ symbolic actions related to beliefs that  help families adapt to change and bring meaning to

their  lives

☐  beliefs in supernatural evil forces

☐  none of these apply

5. Which of the following helps to increase a  family’s resilience (a family’s ability to recover quickly from difficult  problems or how they cope with situations)?

☒ family  members have clear and consistent communication and problem-solving processes

☐  ignoring the needs of vulnerable family members

☐  having a negative belief system

☐  none of these apply

6. While children grow up, their gender roles  are influenced by ___. Gender roles are a set of society norms that  determines what types of behaviors are acceptable, appropriate or desirable  for a person based on their actual or perceived sex.


Parents and society

☐  pregnancy only

☐  puberty only

☐  none of these apply

7. A ___ is a natural social system that  occurs in a wide variety of forms and represents different cultural heritages.

☐  family

☐  monarchy

☐  hierarchy

☐  none of these apply

8. African American family members are often made  up of____

☐ mothers, fathers, children, and a wide  network of kin, close friends, and community members

☐  nephews and nieces only

☐  neighbors only

☐  none of these apply

9. People in families are intimately ___.

☐  ignored

☐ connected

☐ forgotten

☐ none of these apply

10. The people most vulnerable to living in ___  are nonwhite minorities, single mothers, children under 18 and the elderly.


☐ wealth

☐ poverty

☐ mansions

☐ none of these apply



Entrance  into a family occurs by birth, adoption, through marriage or with other  committed relationships as new family members enter a family. Identify a  member of your family, explain how they joined or entered the family and share  a unique trait or characteristic of that family member in the chart below.

11. Read the chart below. Complete the missing  information.


Name    of the family member

How    did the family member enter the family?

Unique trait about that    family member


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12. Families have different customs, rituals or  cultural practices which are passed onto to their children and other family  members. Rituals and customs are social behaviors related to specific  cultures, and they are used to increase family bonds. Sometimes customs or  rituals can strengthen a family system or split it apart. For example, a  family might have a ritual where all their children attend church. If a  teenager refused because they are an atheist, it could cause a family to  divide. Describe an example of a family ritual or custom

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