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Assess the view that the Nuclear Family can have a negative effect on the individuals within the family

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Assess the view that the Nuclear Family can have a negative effect on the individuals within the family Many researchers in respected fields (such as psychology, anthropology, and of course sociology) have expressed concern that the (nuclear) family can indeed have a dark side. A major issue for concern and a significant possible cause of negativity in the family has been attributed to the increased isolation or 'private institutionalisation' of the over-idealised nuclear family; it's become very much introvert and separate from the outer world. This in itself is often a cause of individual deterioration as claimed by radical psychologists who believe the nuclear family can result in the upbringing of 'mentally damaged' children. R.D. Laing has introduced the idea of the Family as Gangsters and Ghetto. In the former, the family becomes a miniature internalised under ground community away from the upper world; family members may wage their own personal wars and may ally to others in defiance of leadership. ...read more.


For instance, sitting motionless and only eating when actually fed, and development of a mental condition which has her barred into a dream world which consists of a game of tennis. This is believed to be symbolic of the troublesome interactions in the family and therefore, caused by them. E. Leach, an anthropologist, believe that the modern nuclear family as being a malady and source of extensive problems that we're not present in the pre-industrial family. He claims that the modern family fails to provide adequate emotional support while provoking internal as well as external conflict by promoting introversion and localising stress which eventually gets out of control. External conflict is heightened by the nuclear family creating barriers to the world; a privacy which can lead to violence. Violence in the family is a controversial subject today and linked to individual relationship deterioration within the family environment. ...read more.


The fact that the nuclear family is seen as privatised and isolated is a reflection of continual alienation that the family suffers in the hands of fascist society. Marxists say personal fulfilment is attained not by privacy and limitation to the family, but by breaking down the walls to public life through proper socialisation. In conclusion, it does seem that the family is given too much time by itself. There is no doubt that this seclusion, in close proximity with other family members amidst stressful modern day life, can result in violence and psychological destruction over extended periods of conflict. However, the family (in this situation) has the ability to value their closeness and develop an environment of mutual trust and support which can benefit individuals. Ultimately it will depend on the attitudes and interactions within the family, personally I would prefer a society where the family has less power to limit the growth of its members and emphasis in life is placed on outside socialisation. ...read more.

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