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Explore the dynamics of family, which is a group of persons united by the ties of marriage, blood, or adoption. Traditionally, the base unit of a family, termed the nuclear family, consisted of a mother, father, and their child or children; the extended family included the network of relatives, such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, cousins, godchildren, and even close family friends.

As divorce and remarriage became more common in the 20th century, the family model included blended families, or families that combine different family units into one, which encompassed stepchildren, stepmothers and stepfathers, and half-siblings. During this time, single parent–headed households became more common, as did households headed by unmarried couples.

In the 21st century, the concept of family broadened further to include nontraditional households, such as those headed by same-sex couples. LGBT persons sometimes refer to their support network of friends as their “family of choice,” particularly those who no longer associate with their biological parents and family due to rejection.

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Family Resources

Gale provides scholarly resources to dive into family education resources, including databasesprimary source archives, and eBooks.


Gale databases offer researchers access to credible, up-to-date sources from family publications.

Primary Source Archives

Gale Primary Sources offers archives and collections that provide researchers with firsthand family resource materials and information that can be searched and used to examine and analyze the evolution of family over time.

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of eBooks covering a wide range of topics, including child care, family careers, and more. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint the article most relevant to the topic. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • Careers in Child Care, 1st Edition

    Careers for Creative People: Careers in the Culinary Arts, 1st Edition

    ReferencePoint Press | 2020 | ISBN-13: 9781682826782

    People who are creative and also love food may not realize the large variety of careers that combine both. From chefs and pastry chefs to food stylists, craft brewers, and flavorists, the field of culinary arts offers many exciting choices. What the jobs entail, what they pay, and future prospects are discussed, along with insight from industry experts.

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  • Child Care, 1st Edition

    Child Care, 1st Edition

    Facts on File | 2006 | ISBN-13: 9781438111018

    Careers in Focus: Child Care profiles 18 jobs in the field of child care and development. Job profiles include child life specialists, children’s librarians, guidance counselors, nannies, special education teachers, teacher aides, and more.

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  • Coping: Coping When a Parent Has a Disability, 1st Edition

    Coping: Coping When a Parent Has a Disability, 1st Edition

    Rosen Young Adult | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781508178972

    Adolescence is naturally fraught with confusion: Social skills, school, sports, love, acne, and a myriad of other issues are challenges every day. Having even one extra phenomenon, like how to deal with complications resulting from a parent’s disability, can feel overwhelming. This book presents multiple aspects of disability in a mainstream culture. It will give readers a guide for developing resilience and finding a voice. Special features include a segment on myths and facts as well as an “Ask the Specialist” section. Readers will gain a better understanding of self, other people, and the subject of disability.

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