"Families are more diverse and the structure of them is more in flux," says sociologist Kelly Musick of Cornell University. "One of the things that's happened is people have lot more leeway to design the families that work for them."
Stephanie Coontz, a professor of history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., who assisted the Pew research team, says people think today of "family as a relationship rather than an institution."
"If you have a close relationship and act committed, then you count as family," she says. "If you're making obligations to partners and kids, you get counted as family, as opposed to older ways of thinking when it was purely the legal definition."
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Answer by pixie_trix at 3:05 PM on Nov. 18, 2010
My SO and kids. My mom and siblings... I honestly even consider my boss as family. When someone will drop what they are doing because you need something, that person should be qualified as family.
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