In the last few years, there have been drastic changes taking place in the society and one of the affected social institutions is the family. The American family institution has witnessed rapid change in the last one century. Although most of these problem have come due to the economic changes taking place in the society, the moral decline and devaluing of the family institution have contributed to this the rapid changes in family institution.
from an extended family, the family structure has moved to nuclear family and the recent changes have seen the breakdown of two-parent family with g rising divorce, illegitimacy and the absence of fathers which put children in risk of failure in their life, the rising unemployment and increase antisocial behavior. The creation of welfare payment scheme has also encouraged the growth of single mother families. This paper will explore the understanding of a family in light of the changes taking place in the society.