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Types and forms of the family

Types of families and their forms are based on various parameters. You can find the list of types of family and family forms, below. The types of family in sociology, have been classifiedas per world norms and not only India. Different types and structures of families in society have been listed.

Types of family on the basis of marriage

On the basis of marriage, family has been classified into three major types:

  • Polygamous or polygynous family
  • Polyandrous family
  • Monogamous family

Types of family on the basis of the nature of residence

On the basis of the nature of residence, family can be classified into three main forms.

  • Family of matrilocal residence
  • Family of patrilocal residence
  • Family of changing residence

Types of family on the basis of ancestry or descent family

On the basis of ancestry or descent family, can be classified into two main types

  • Matrilineal family
  • Patrilineal family

Types of family on the basis of size or structure

On the basis of size or structure and the depth of generations family can be classified into two main types.

  • Nuclear or the single unit family
  • Joint family

Types of family on the basis of the nature of relations

On the basis of the nature of relations among the family members the family can be classified into two main types.

  • The conjugal family which consists of adult members among there exists sex relationship.
  • Consanguine family which consists of members among whom there exists blood relationship- brother and sister, father and son etc.