British family system now exists in 35 ways

May 18th, 2012 - 9:29 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 18 (IANS) A study has found people in Britain having 35 types of family system in the country, a number which has risen by a quarter from a generation ago.

The parenting site Netmums found the most common family system, however, remaining to be the “nuclear” which consists of a married mother and father and their biological kids. But it is on decline; making up only six in 10 families, down 16 percent from the last generation, The Sun reported.

Other family types in the country include unmarried parents living together (20.5 percent); single parent with kids (about 10 percent);. And “blended” families that exist as both biological and step-children living together (six percent).

The study found one in 111 families was headed by gay, bisexual or transgender parents, and the number of mixed race families doubled to five percent in a generation.

The poll found break-ups meant one in 100 parents saying they had lived in four or more different types of family. It also observed the present-day families undergoing far more rapid change than ever.

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