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Objectives
Having viewed this slide show you should be aware of:
The dysfunctions of the family.
Radical Psychiatrists and the dark side of family life.
Conflict and violence in the family.
Abuse within the family.
Debates about whether the family is in decline.
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Dysfunctions of the Family
Functionalists and the New
Right adopt a rather idyllic and
over-positive view of the family
performing positive functions.
This stance is viewed as naïve and
challenged by various feminist,
Marxist, interpretive, and Radical
Psychiatry researchers.
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Vogel and Bell ­ Children as
Emotional Scapegoats
Even the functionalists
Vogel and Bell (1968)
recognise the family
can have dysfunctions.
They see children used
by parents as `emotional
scapegoats' or punch
bags for their everyday
stress.
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Marxism and Dysfunctions
Marxists emphasise how the family
works in the interests of society
rather than its members
The unpaid work of women is seen
as keeping wages lower than they
would otherwise be
Women are seen as reproducing
labour on a daily basis
Women also constitute a `reserve army of labour'.
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R.D. Laing ­ Radical Psychiatry
R.D. Laing saw the family as a key
source of madness ­ especially
schizophrenia
He saw family life as a tangled web
of conflict and tensions.
Such tensions can pull children
apart resulting in psychiatric
problems.
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