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Understanding the Concept of Family

Irene Levin and Jan Trost
Family Relations
Vol. 41, No. 3 (Jul., 1992), pp. 348-351
DOI: 10.2307/585202
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585202
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Abstract

This article presents a program to help students, independent of level, understand the complexity of the concept of family. The first section deals with "my family": What individuals mean when they talk about or think about their own family. The second section deals with any family: What individuals mean when they use the term family more generally, not specifying their own. The third section deals with the theoretical way of conceptualizing the family. Different ways of teaching about the idea or concept of family are suggested and learning by doing is emphasized.

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