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close this bookThe Family and Family Size (FAO Population Education Leaders Guides)
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View the documentActivity no. 1 - What do you think of that?
View the documentActivity no. 2 - What would you decide in this situation?
View the documentActivity no. 3 - Small family/large family
View the documentActivity no. 4 - Learning from an expert

Basic concepts



  • A family is made up of people related by blood, marriage or law (formal or social).
  • There are different kinds of families including nuclear and extended families, which may be monogamous, polygamous or one-parent.
  • Each family member has roles and responsibilities. Together the parents are responsible for providing the needs (physical, emotional and social) of their children.
  • When young people can identify and analyse factors which influence family size, they will be able to make rational decisions about family size and the effect on standards of living.
  • The possibility of adequately meeting children's needs - nutrition, education, recreation, affection, - increases when parents make informed decisions about family size and child spacing.