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Is the nuclear family the ideal model for families in Britain?

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´╗┐Is the nuclear family the ideal model for families in Britain The definition of a nuclear family is a family unit that consists of a mother, father and their children, who all live together. It can be argued that the nuclear family is no longer the ideal model but some sociologists, like Murdock and Talcott Parsons, would argue that the nuclear family is the ideal model. The three different types of sociologists; functionalists, feminists and new right all have different views on the family and its importance. Functionalists such as Murdock and Parsons would say that the nuclear family is the ideal form of a family. Murdock felt that all families fulfill four functions. The first function being sexual which is where married adults enjoy a healthy sex life which prevents them having affairs and ensures children are raised by their natural parents. ...read more.

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Functionalists also prefer marriage to co-habitation as it is seen to be more stable however, at the moment there is a decrease in the amount of people getting married and a rise in co-habiting families this suggests the idea of nuclear family is dying out in a way as it isn?t a particularly secure nuclear family. The new right movement suggests that the nuclear family is the only one which is acceptable for the society. A recent statistic has shown that divorce is increasing in the UK this suggests that the nuclear family is indeed dying out, and no longer the ideal form of family. There is also a significant rise in the amount of single parent families; in 2007 the Office for National Statistics said children in the UK were three times more likely to live in one-parent households than they were in 1972. ...read more.

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This therefore makes the family move from wherever they were situated with their extended family, to a more urban area with more work available. Some sociologists argue that the nuclear family has changed in order to meet the needs of society. This could be due to the change in ?family values.? To conclude, there are key reasons for why people feel the nuclear family is no longer the ideal form of family , and there are reasons for why it is considered ideal is well. Functionalists and the New Right movement believe that the nuclear family is the best family to have and in some cases the only accepted family however due to changing social conditions families such as single parent families and gay/lesbian families are becoming more socially accepted, this therefore shows that other families do exist and statistics show that these families are on the increase. ...read more.

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