Now, let’s take a look at our Family.
A Family maybe define as a set of
people related by blood, by marriage,
adoption or another relationship with some
other responsibility following on each other.
These are different forms of kinship.
We have your traditional mother-father family
with your brothers and sisters and so on.
But you can have perhaps your
grandparents taking care of you.
You could be adopted, you could
have a mixed family with
a whole bunch of individuals
living under one roof.
but the idea is there's some form of support
and responsibility that is shared.
Now, the Nuclear Family consist of
direct blood relations.
This is your brother, your sister,
your mom and your dad.
And then you can have an Extended Family
with your grandparents, aunts and uncles.
So still related, still part of your
family but that would be extended
and the nuclear is your immediate
mom and dad, brother and sister family.
So what are the five functions of the family?
I think a lot of this will
So it should be pretty easy to kind
of grasp of this and understand it.
But the first is in terms
So you want to sort of further your
family line, further your family genes
as humans, as animals on this planet
are one of the goals of success,
one of the… sorry the marker of
success is always reproduction.
The second is as a unit you are able
to protect one another, you being by yourself
versus you being with two or three
others creates some form of protection.
Socialization. This allows either to transfer
of norms and values from your parents,
your culture to be inputted into you.
So you learn a lot like I said,
in how they interact with others.
what is acceptable? what is unacceptable?
and this is very culturally specific.
This is also very geographically specific.
So what’s normal social norms
in Canada versus Germany,
versus Italy versus India versus China.
it’s all different but the idea is that the family will
input and carry that transfer of information on to you.
Affection and Companionship.
We all need hugs. We all need hugs and kisses.
So who better than your family.
And then this is another point that
might not be so obvious but I think is
definitely in practice
and that’s Social Status.
So your family and your family background
can have a huge role in terms of
the socioeconomic status that we said.
and also in your ability and access to…
sorry in your access to things like
healthcare, education, social services.
So simply put straightforward,
if you come from an affluent family
and you’re born to that
in a highly reputable family
then that will put you in a certain
place on the SES ladder versus
if you come from a broken home, broken family,
not lots of education, not great jobs,
you’re a little bit lower on the SES scale that impacts
lot of different health and social outcomes.
Now, diversity in the family forms refers to all
the various types of the family that we can have.
Like I mentioned we have your traditional,
your straightforward, boring
mom and dad and simple kids,
you can have mixed, you can have
nowadays with broken families
and remarriages. You can have mixed.
So you have kids coming from the
first marriage, from both sides.
and this is the second marriage
and so you have a mixed family.
You can have gay, a lesbian unions, you can
have grandparents a lot of different options.
So one of the drivers are behind
the mixed families is divorce
which has become much more common
versus say 30, 40 years ago.
And in North America especially
has been become quite common
and has led to more remarriages
and mixed families.
Violence is another aspect within family that
can have a huge impact on your siblings,
on other family members.
and it does have a huge impact
on personality and behaviors as well.