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Claude Guldners essay The Emerging Family, provides an excellent review of lesson one in the reading selection of, Families in Canadian Society. Throughout both contents of the readings I was surprised to see how they similarly complemented one another, both discuss issues of the progression of the family life cycle, as well as the traditional family. With the knowledge I have gained from my studies, I will discuss how Claude Guldners essay provides similar form, and objectives to that of lesson one. I will also provide reference from both forms of writings, so that all variations of my studies comply accurately with Claudes essay, and lesson ones material. Through extensive inquiry, I have organized three supporting points from both readings. Each point coincides with one another; they include, What is family, Family systems theory, and Developmental theory. All three of these points in order provide an accurate and formal review of the material that will be analyzed. In finalizing my assessment of both sources, I will note that there is sincere mutual agreement between the two, and that they reflect one another significantly with their understanding of the emerging family, and its stages of progression.The first of three points that I will introduce will be What is Family. There are many definitions as to what family is, some believe that children are the necessary ingredients for the use of the term family, and others simply disagree. In the reading selection, of The Emerging Family, they note how current definitions move us away from the model of the family that Eichler (1988) calls monolithic. The term monolithic means to view all families as essentially the same in composition, structure and function, to a multidimensional model (Eichler: 1988). The multidimensional model involves several dimensions of familial interaction. Each discusses six of these dimensions: procreative, socialization, sexual, residential, economic, and e...

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