Major Theoretical Perspectives on Marriage and the Family

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Major Theoretical Perspectives  Major Theoretical Perspectives  on Marriage and the Family on Marriage and the Family Understanding Families Through Research and Theory pt2 
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Why Theories and Research Are Important What we don’t know can hurt us Theories/research help us understand  our family life Theories/research help us make  informed decisions
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Structural-Functionalism Structural-Functionalism View of the Family Major Questions   An institution that is part  of the structure of  society and that  functions to maintain  society; the family’s  parts, or members,  function to maintain the  family and ensure a  society’s continuity What are the structures  of families? How do they contribute  to social stability?
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Structural-Functionalism Structural-Functionalism      Talcott Parsons Family maintains gender-based roles: Instrumental  role –assigned to husband-father Task oriented Primary bread winner Protector against imbalance Expressive  role – assigned to the wife-mother Enhancing emotional relationships
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