) is a group of people affiliated either by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage or any other relationship like siblings families etc..), or co-residence (as implied by the etymology of the English word "family") or some combination of these.Members of the immediate family include spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons, and/or daughters.
According to the work of scholars Max Weber, Alan Macfarlane, Steven Ozment, Jack Goody and Peter Laslett, the huge transformation that led to modern marriage in Western democracies was "fueled by the religio-cultural value system provided by elements of Judaism, early Christianity, Roman Catholic canon law and the Protestant Reformation".
"Times have changed; it is more acceptable and encouraged for mothers to work and fathers to spend more time at home with the children.
The term family of choice is also used by individuals in the 12 step communities, who create close knit "family" ties through the recovery process.
The term blended family or stepfamily describes families with mixed parents: one or both parents remarried, bringing children of the former family into the new family.
A "conjugal" family includes only the husband, the wife, and unmarried children who are not of age.