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Title: Family Living 120

Family Living 120
  • Functions of the Family

The Socialization Function
  • Socialization is the process by which children
    learn to become human and adopt certain behavior.
  • The early socialization of children is almost
    entirely dependent on the family unit.

Feral Children (Isolates)
  • Several studies have shown that without
    socialization children will not automatically
    learn to speak, read, write, and have normal
    human functions and feelings.
  • There have also been several of these children
    found in recent history which have proven this.
    These children were incapable to communicate and
    acted no different than a wild animal.

Parenting and Family Socialization
  • Parents and siblings alike play key roles in the
    development of new children within a family.
  • Speaking, morals, values and culture are all
    instilled by the family (predominantly the
    parents, but also siblings).
  • Communication is vital within a family to create
    healthy and normal children.

The Economic Function
  • At one time, children were seen as a source of
    labor to be used on the farm, or to be sent off
    to factories to work to help provide for the
  • As times changed, and we became a more affluent
    society, this trend began to dwindle.
  • Children now are expected to go to, and graduate
    high school and then move on to secondary
    education or to the workforce and move out of the

The Boomerang Generation
  • Boomerang Generation is one of several terms
    applied to the current generation of young adults
    in Western culture, born approximately between
    1975 and 1986. They are so named for the
    frequency with which they choose to cohabitate
    with their parents after a brief period of living
    alone - thus boomeranging back to their place of
    origin. This cohabitation can take many forms,
    ranging from situations that mirror the high
    dependency of pre-adulthood to highly
    independent, separate-household arrangements.

The Reproductive Function
  • Simply stated this is the process of individuals
    having children and creating new families.
  • Birth rates are declining in the Western world.
  • In Canada we have a rapidly aging population
    (Baby Boomers) and rely on immigrants to bring
    down the median age.

The Sexual Function
  • A healthy sexual relation is also pivotal between
    the parents within a family.
  • At one time, a wife would have expected to
    constantly be pregnant throughout the marriage
    (until menopause).
  • Now, with modern contraceptives this is not
    nearly as common. However, what was once a major
    reason not to have extra-marital affairs, these
    contraceptions now perhaps make it more possible.

The Emotional Function
  • Psychologists argue that the emotional support
    within families is a huge function of the family
    as well.
  • Without this support, children may end up with
    possible mental health issues.
  • The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates
    that 20 of Canadians will experience a mental
    health issue in their life.

Textbook Questions
  • In pairs, read pages 6-12 and answer questions 1-
    4 on page 12.
  • We will then have a class discussion about the
    questions and you will be asked as groups to
    provide your answers.