Functionalist Theorie of Family


functionalists see the family as an institution which performs positive functions for society such as adequately socialising children. 


  • The family performs 4 functions:
  • Sexual function, economic function, reproductive function, educational function. 
  • the family is a universal institution with universal functions.
  • the nuclear family is the best family type that performs these vital functions for society


  • there has been a shift from the extended family being the most dominant to the nuclear family being more dominant
  • as society has…


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