Masters Thesis

Family structure and the developmental achievement of the preschool child.

Families are identified as networks of people who live together over periods of time, who have ties of marriage and kinship to one another. The family as a social institution refers to an organized, formal, and regular way of carrying out certain essential tasks in a society. The American family is in transition. The nuclear family has changed from the traditional husband-breadwinner and wife-homemaker to such variants as dual working couples, single-parents, parent and step-parent couples, parent and friend (cohabitation), and even communal living arrangements.

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