Comparison of differences in family structures between Portuguese
and U.S. majority cultures.
| Family is
the foundation of the Portuguese social structure. The
nuclear family has strong ties to the extended family,
which include cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, godparents
(padrinhos) and close friends.
| The family
unit is very diverse but, generally, it tends to be small
|It is quite
common to find three generations living under the same
roof. Married children tend to live in a house or apartment
near the parents.
such as the grandparents, parents, married children and
other relatives may live in different parts of the country.
brought up as an integral part of the family unit and
are expected to contribute to the overall welfare of the
not expected to contribute to the welfare of the whole
indulged and welcomed. They participate in most adult
separate activities from the adults.
are expected to live at home until marriage.
are encouraged to leave the nuclear family and become
independent before marriage.
and friendship play a major role in both social and business
is encouraged. Self-reliance and independence is encouraged.
relationships are important.
||Merit is of
greater importance than interpersonal relationships in
relatives in nursing facilities is unusual. Grandparents
usually live with their children and may participate in
community activities for the elderly.
||It is common
practice to place frail elderly relatives in nursing facilities.