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The Thai Family: Nuclear or Extended

Harold E. Smith
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 35, No. 1 (Feb., 1973), pp. 136-141
DOI: 10.2307/351107
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351107
Page Count: 6
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The Thai Family: Nuclear or Extended
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Abstract

Based on inferences from a sample of 910 village families, it is asserted that the nuclear family is both (1) the ideal form and also (2) the statistical normative form. To a limited extent, (about one-third of all cases) extended families were found. The sample data were obtained in 35 villages in six widely separated provinces of Thailand. The foregoing findings regarding Thai family forms were largely identical with the results reported by Janlekha in his study in a single village-Bang Chan.

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