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The classic extended family is the family that existed up until the 1900's, Young and Willmott said, in The Symmetrical Family.

The classic extended fmaily features thngs such as the geographic closeness, such as extended kin living close or even in the same house, this was because the family needed kin to help raise children and get advice. The classic extended family was highly involved in community life and actively participated with neighbours. The classic extended family is said to have disappeared except for in a few places, for example:
Asian communites feature closeness of males including grandfathers and fathers displaying close bonds with uncles. This family life continues as it is an important source of strength and support in such communities.

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