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Dark side of the family
1 in 4 people suffer from a mental disorder

Domestic violence accounts for 18% of all reported violent crimes

In Britain a women is killed by a violent partner or former partner every
3 days

25% of women experience domestic violence in their lifetime


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Vogel and Bell- functionalists

See children used by parents as emotional scapegoat or
punch bag for their everyday stress.

RD Lang
A psychologist concerned with causes of schizophrenia
Saw the family as a key source of madness especially schizophrenia
He saw the family as a tangled web on tension and…

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1) children used to be an economic benefit but now
represent a huge cost to parents
2) the growing equalization of men and women (Equal)
3) participation of women in the labour market
4) the liberation of sex from reproduction
5) we are no longer resigned to fate and take…

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Argue nontraditional families and feckless parenting are dysfunctional to both
society and individuals
Dennis sees children as damaged by lone parent families headed by women
Boys are seen as particularly damaged by loss of positive male role model

Domestic violence

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Betsy Stanko (2000) found am act of domestic violence is committed every 6 seconds

Support for battered partners is not always forthcoming from the police, family, friends or the
welfare services.

The police traditionally regarded domestics as private and are reluctant to intervene

Who is likely to be abused?

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The functionalist warm bath image of the family is increasingly
questioned as naive.
Marxist and feminists are critical of the family.
They all see the family as preventing the individual from achieving
personal freedom in different ways.
Edmund Leach sees the modern family as stifling and
Cooper sees…


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