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Diverse family structures and functions.

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Diverse family structures and functions When British people today think of a family they think of a father, a mother and two children. This is the stereotype of the family, which is called Nuclear Family. In fact, there are many other family structures such as, Extended Family, Linear Family, Single-parent Family, etc. This essay will look at a range of diverse family structures and functions in Britain today, especially the four kind of family structure: Nuclear, Extended, Single-parent and Homosexual Families. So, what is a family? A family is a group of people who live with, love, protect and support each other in spite of ethnic, blood, gender etc. The family acts as a person's backbone for individuals, without it person cannot go normally. The family plays an important role for the society, because it is a social unit. Therefore, the family is not a separate form of social relationship. Moonie N 1995 a family which consists of parents and their children, and other relatives such as grandparents, uncles, aunts. ...read more.

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So, the relative ships are not so close as that in extended family. Children are brought up by their parents with a little help from grandparents or without help from grandparents. Because the parents have to work to support the family, children may need to ask for a babysitter who is not the family member. Such family structure is the most popular in Britain today. Moonie N 1995 a family consisting of one parent and children. Single-parent Family-a family consisting of one parent and children. Such family is often made up of a mother and children. Most of the single-parent family caused by divorce, and some are a women who has not married have children. Both reasons show us some social problems. First, the increase of divorce made the situation serious, more and more people do not want to marry-the rate of marriage falls. Second, the rate of co-habitation doubled in Britain since 1981, and the unmarried young people have a baby before they marry. ...read more.

Conclusion

Such family shows a serious social problem, there are more and more homosexuals who are not adopt by normal social opinion. Additionally, they may get AIDS-a dangerous sexual disease which spread in all over the world. Meanwhile, the family functions are changing, but many basic functions are retained. Then, we will look at four main functions: Reproduction Society needs members to develop itself. The family acts as a generation role, and then reproduces human being. Economic support We all need food, clothes, shelter to survive, especially when we are young or old. The family can support us those needs. Emotional mainstay Besides of economic support, we need love, care, protection from, other people to live. Our family supply most of the emotional and psychology needs. Education We need to know the social rules and values by education. The education does not only refer to school, it emphasizes family first. Family is the first school to educate us in all one's life. Above all, we have a range of diverse family structures and functions in Britain today. There is not unique family as old times. This is the result of society development. ...read more.

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