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Are all parents responsible for their children's behaviour?

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Are all parents responsible for their children's behaviour? Functionalists see the family as the basic and most vital part in society. Relationships between members of the society are organised by rules. Values provide general guidance for behaviour therefore social order in society. The nuclear unit provides husband and wife with very clear social rules. The family are responsible for the socialisation of children and teaching them cultural values and norms. Functionalists would stress how important it is to teach social values to children in order to maintain conformity. The role of parents and teachers in passing on good values and norms to the youngsters is stressed. Marxists would agree to a certain extent, however, Marxist see society as 2 parts- an infra-structure and a super structure, infra structure being the ruling class and working class and super structure such as mass media and family etc. ...read more.

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Parents should discipline their children in a good way. A Marxist would agree to the point that children are influenced by other factors such as the socio economic status- this brings in the ruling class and the working class and the point that children turn to delinquency because they may not be able to afford to buy things like the rest. Studies have found that parents who are inconsistent and harsh and who easily give in to unreasonable demands are more likely to see their children turn to delinquency; behaviours like : Truancy, Vandalism, Suicidal tendencies, Theft. From a Marxists point of view it is believed that children from working class families commit most crime due to the influence of media which reinforces ideas of materialism into people. Another essential point, stressed by the researchers is the quality and not the quantity of the time spent together with a child. ...read more.

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They may feel that they are not in a position to fight back or tell anyone about their negative experiences. It is important to enforce a strict pattern of discipline at home and communicating with children, at the same time listening to their concerns as well and not ignoring their problems. According to a research which was carried out in 1995 in the uk, it was said that a change in a family that has been brought about by a divorce or death of one or both parents is considered to be one of the most influential factors of delinquency. ''Abandoned or emotionally abused children are more prone to ignore school, misbehave, and become criminals'' The number of one parent families has more than trebled in the past 25 years, according to statistical estimates. Many argue that politicians and commentators have unfairly blamed lone mothers for everything from youth crime to welfare spending. The family occupies an important place among other groups that socially influence children and effective measures to prevent this should be taken. ...read more.

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