Christian Religious Studies JSSCE

Relationship in the family

Relationship is the way two people or groups behave towards each other, or the tie, degree of kinship or intimacy, affinity in an affair. Relationship develops when people live, play, do things together or worship together.

Meaning of Family

A family is a group of people who are related by blood or by marriage. Families are the origin of human communities. Some members of a family include father, mother, children, relatives, grandparents and in-laws.

Types of Family

There are two different types of family e.g. nuclear, extended, paternal and maternal family. The two major types of family are:

The Nuclear Family

This is made up of husband, and children, including adopted children and wards. The nuclear family is also called the natural or restricted family.

Extended Family

Extended family is made up of husband, wife, children, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. It is also made up of the relatives of the parents in the nuclear family.

Other Types of Family are:

Paternal Family

In this type of family, the family lineage is traced through the father’s side.

Maternal Family

The family lineage is traced through the mother’s side.

Recognition of Family Members

Parents’ parents – Grandparents

Father and mother – Parents

Father’s and mother’s brothers – Uncles

Father’s and mother’s sisters – Aunts

Brother’s or Sister’s sons – Nephews

Brother’s or Sister’s daughters – Nieces

Uncle’s or Aunt’s children – First cousins

First cousins’ children – Second cousins


  1. Define relationship.
  2. What is a family?
  3. List and explain the types of family.
  4. What do you understand by extended family?

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