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stem family

The stem family consists of the grandparents and the eldest married son and their children who live together under the authority of the grandfather/household head. The eldest son inherits the family plot and the stem continues through the first son. The other sons and daughters usually leave the household upon marriage. The stem family was characteristic of central European countries, such as Austria, southern Germany and other societies throughout the world. (from James Georgas. "Family: Variations and changes across cultures." In W. J. Lonner, D. L. Dinnel, S. A. Hayes, & D. N. Sattler, eds., Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, Unit 13, Chapter 3. 2003).

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