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The review Images of the Family a study of childrens perceptions written April 2002 by Laura Firth looks at how children perceive what a family is The article clearly captures a simplistic view of family The writer understood when starting that little research had been done on this subject Most of the knowledge of family came from research done from others studies on parents psychologist social workers or adult recollection of their own childhood experience An early processor Morrow 1993 argued that children are rarely seen and never heard in sociological analysis of family life But through Firth interpretive approach we will explore and understand the ideas and definition of family from the childs point of view First we must understand what a family is from a sociological point of view Our text book The Family by J Ross Eshleman states that family is a kinshipstructural group of persons related by blood marriage or adoption usually related to the marital unit and including the rights and duties of parenthood This is seen as a typical view of family but there are several different types of categories that have been generated to fix the complexity life of families in the twentieth century People consider many different non-typical people to be added to there list of family In the article Firth focuses on a wider range of relationships located not within the typical family that may consist of school families aunts uncles one-parent families pets and friends that you consider your family There are all types of family Firth hopes to confirm that childrens ideas and beliefs of family life are not influence by the normal stereotypical images of family set by societys dominate views but by one where experiences and relationships engaged are what shape their perceptions of family The research done by First starts between September and November of 2000 She set up three distinct groups the first being with Stage 1 an infant
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