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Family in Oman

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In Omani society the average family (household) totals 7.5 people (for the usually incomplete expatriate family this figure is 4.1)

In 2003, the average Omani household size was 9 (NCSI).The Omani family usually includes three generations in one household. However, there is a trend amongst the youngest generation to leave the family compound and build their own houses, even in rural areas. This is a result of various factors such as increasing income, work opportunities outside the own village, a desire for independence and other personal motives.

Responsibility for the care of young children is entrusted to women. After the age of seven, boys increasingly fall under paternal authority, while the upbringing of daughters continues under the supervision of the mother.

A household survey conducted in 2003 indicated that women headed 7 percent of families as a result of widowhood, divorce or other factors. Expenditures were almost identical to families headed by men.

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