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What is a Family?. What is a family anyway?. “Family”. Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and usually reside in the same dwelling place” A “universal” idea. Why do we live in Families?. 1- For protection

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Family
“Family”

  • Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and usually reside in the same dwelling place”

  • A “universal” idea


Why do we live in families
Why do we live in Families?

1- For protection

  • Includes shelter, food, clothing, and financial support, providing for an education

  • To protect emotionally- feelings of belonging, teaches about love, relationships, how to handle anger, show sympathy


2- Provides Identity

  • We are given “family names”

  • Our family’s reputation are often transferred to other members in the family

  • Happens less now with understanding of the diversity of families


3- Provides socialization

  • The learning process of how the larger society functions

  • Family sets standards within the family

  • Covers morals, values, norms, manners


Functional versus dysfunctional
Functional versus Dysfunctional

  • Functional: family members fulfill their agreed-upon roles and responsibilities, treat each other with respect and affection and meet each others needs



Consequences of unhealthy families
Consequences of Unhealthy Families

  • Alienation and fear (in the house and in society)

  • Violence and crime

  • Lost productivity

  • Costs of medical care for victims, policing, courts and prisons

  • Costs of social support systems


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