Functions of the Family

This video is a sociological commentary by prominent American sociologists. There are 7 minutes show which about different family types and the impact that family structure has on the members of each group.

From the video we can see the family is like the cell of society, the family system is also a social system. Family also is  a transmission of human culture because family provides general idea to people how to make behavior norm in a society.

There are two types of family, such as extended family and nuclear family. Extended family is he family unit consisting of the parent-child nuclear family and other relatives, such as grandparents, aunts ,uncles ,and cousins. And the nuclear family is the family unit consisting of at least one parent and one child.

Moreover , family structure, ,tradition, rules, and others will passed to the younger generation, to help them form a centain character.For example,  If a child lives in encouraging surround, he will learn self-confidence, however,  if a child lives with jealousy, he will learn envy.

Therefore, children at home in a peaceful and happy family will have a sense of security, happy, optimistic about life, confidence, and kind, which is good for them to complete the learning task.However, Children in a family with conflict will feel  insecure, emotionally unstable, easy to tension and anxiety, and easy to worry. They will worry about family tragedies to happen, fear parents who may give them punishment which will make emotional and behavior problems for the kids.

In this case, we can see family is very important for the children and the children first learn from parents to understand social beliefs, norms and values. Therefore, parents should make good example for their kids which will help them have a good behavior in a society.


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1 Response to Family

  1. jg129545 says:

    The family is based on a marriage or kinship. These people are connected by household and mutual responsibility. The family is performing multiple social functions, and plays an important role in social development.
    The basis of the family is the marital union between a man and a woman. Therefore, the family is a small social group, whose members are connected by generality of life, mutual moral responsibility and mutual assistance. So, that forms a relationship between members of the family such as husband and wife, parents and children, which makes it an important social institution.
    The family brought up not only children, but adults too. Each family is characterized by a certain level of spirituality. Spiritual values are: ideological and moral principles, the psychological climate, communication within the family and with the outside world, aesthetics of everyday life, and intellectual aspirations. The higher the level of spirituality – the more reason for families to be united, to develop their skills and interests, to meet the cultural needs of its members, to raise children successfully, to be happy.
    Moreover, the family acts as a primary socialization and education of children. The stable moral respect has a strong comprehensive impact on each member of the family, especially on kids. ( For example, they are learning to take care for the old and disabled members not only of the family, but of the society as well). However, the most powerful tool, that influence children is the nature of the relationship between spouses. Children learn how to act in a society and with another gender by looking at their parents.
    The family is an integral unit of society, and it is impossible to reduce its value. The future of the society also is unimaginable without a family. The most people associate happiness with family (at the first place), and then with friends, career, etc. The family is the most important source of social and economic development of society. It produces the main wealth of the society- the human.

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