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Sociologists define three types of family structures. List and describe those structures.

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The types of family structure include patriarchal, matriarchal, and equalitarian. In a patriarchal family, authority is in the hands of the oldest man in the house and such authority extends over all other family members. Inheritance and descent are passed from a father to his children, and married couples join a groom’s household or live near his family. In a matriarchal family, the oldest woman is the authority in the household, inheritance and descent are passed from mother to her children, and a married couple resides with the bride’s household or lives near her family. In an equalitarian family, the authority is shared between husband and wife. Children inherit things from both parents and these families usually live on their own. This model is the most usual in modern societies.

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