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Critically discuss the factors that shape family life.

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This is an extremely broad question, because any number of features can shape family life. For starters, let's think about the dynamics of the family. Family life for a child will be shaped by how many siblings they have, whether or not their parents are divorced, and whether the family lives in a tiny apartment or a large house. In critically discussing this topic, you could talk about the effects of single-parent households or different living arrangements.

Culture will also dictate family life, as, depending on their cultural and religious background, there may be certain rituals or practices that are part of a family's life. For example, a Hindu family would regularly participate in prayer.

Family life can also be shaped, in different ways, by more serious issues such as domestic violence and alcoholism.

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