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  1. Nuclear families have often been the typical structure seen within Australian society. Recently, there have been an increase of trends that have identified a gradual decline of the number of nuclear families. Family structures are continuing to change and it is becoming increasingly difficult to develop a definition that encompasses all structures.

    Abbott et al. (2005) has identified that in sociology the family has traditionally been seen as a “social institution formed on the basis of kinship- a social bond based on blood, marriage or adoption that unites individuals into close social groups and networks”. This definition does not apply to modern families as we are seeing a rise in defacto and same sex relationships, lone person and childless households. Dramatic changes have taken place in the family and household in recent decades in many parts of the world.

    These changes can vary enormously in terms of “co-residence, economic relations, roles and responsibilities, sexual orientation and reproduction, the family is clearly a dynamic social phenomenon-one that varies historically, geographically and culturally” (Abbott et al. 2005). ABS data has identified that household size is shrinking, mothers are giving birth later in life, divorces are increasing and defacto arrangements are increasing. These modern family structures will alter the development of cities and communities to provide more inclusive services and environments.

    It is important to note that the recent trends in family structures will not remain steady. Family structures have always been a dynamic social phenomenon where future change seems certain.

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