However, these families exist in many variations around the world.
In this module, we discuss definitions of family, family forms, the developmental trajectory of families, and commonly used theories to understand families.
Perhaps nothing is more central to the social world than the concept of family.
Our families represent our earliest relationships and—often—our most enduring ones.
In this module, you will learn about the psychology of families.
Our discussion will begin with a basic definition of family and how this has changed across time and place.
Next, we move on to a discussion of family roles and how families evolve across the lifespan. Rowling's famous Harry Potter novels, the boy magician lives in a cupboard under the stairs.
Finally, we conclude with issues such as divorce and abuse that are important factors in the psychological health of families. His unfortunate situation is the result of his wizarding parents having been killed in a duel, causing the young Potter to be subsequently shipped off to live with his cruel aunt and uncle.
Although family may not be the central theme of these wand and sorcery novels, Harry's example raises a compelling question: what, exactly, counts as family?
A traditional family has a somewhat narrow definition that includes only relationships of blood, marriage, and occasionally adoption.
More recently, in many societies, the definition of family has expanded.
A modern family may include less traditional variations based on strong commitment and emotional ties.
[Image: 10070052 moodboard, AZGA, CC BY 2.0, definition of family changes across time and across culture.