Family can be taken to mean a unit consisting of husband and wife, and their children, (Moses and Adewale 2002). Moses, Patric and Olarenwaju (2001) quoting Otite and Ogion (1981) reported that family as a bio-social group, meaning that family has both biological and social aspects. Moses and Adewale (2002) quoting Murdrock (1965) defines family as a social group characterized by common residence, economic, cooperation, and reproduction. They reported that family is a group of persons united by ties of marriage, blood, or adoption constituting a single house hold; interacting and communicating with each other in their respective social role of husband and wife, mother and father, brother and sister, as well as maintaining a common culture. Moses, Patrick, and Olarenwaju (2001) classified family into extended and nuclear family based on the kinship system; this system is based on blood relation and marriage. Based on Lifecycle family, they also grouped family into family of orientation and family of procreation. While on the basis of modernization, they further grouped family into traditional family, modern family, and post-modern family. It is basically a microcosm of larger society, so any tension in family creates tension in the society at large.
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