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The American Family

The American Family

The American family is not changing but rather declining, at an alarming rate. Meaning it is ‘falling apart’ and ‘disintegrating’. The family unit is normally composed of three status positions: husband/father, wife/mother and child/adolescent who have various roles that they are expected to play so as to fulfill the required expectations both at the family and the societal level.

The American Family

This decline is most evident in three areas: demographic, institution and cultural. The American family has lost its command, functions and influence hence familism as an enriching assessment for family has diminished in favor of values like egalitarianism and self-fulfillment.