Functions of the family

  • Created by: feyi
  • Created on: 27-12-12 18:53
Function Pre-requisites
The basic needs for society in order to function e.g. need for social order
1 of 18
common agreement of shared values
2 of 18
beneficial, fulfilling a purpose
3 of 18
Having children
4 of 18
Sexual division of labour
The distribution of childcare and housework tasks according to gender
5 of 18
A system which men have more power than women and shape how societies run
6 of 18
Enconomic function
The role of the family plays in providing food,shelter and the ability to consume products for its members
7 of 18
Educational function
The role of the family in providing a stable enviorment in which children can be socialized into the cultures of their society.
8 of 18
Reproductive function
The function of the family in ensuring children are reproduced to enable the survival of society
9 of 18
Sexual function
The function of the family in controlling sexual behaviour through monogamy.
10 of 18
Primary socialisation
The first stage of process through which children learn the culture of their society. This takes place in the family.
11 of 18
Stabilisation of adult personality
Function to relieve stresses of modern day living for its adult members.
12 of 18
Means of production
Things required to produce goods such as lands
13 of 18
Economic based institution
14 of 18
Non-economic based instuitions e.g. family
15 of 18
Mode of production
A system of producing things which dominate society e.g. capatalism
16 of 18
Ideological state apparatus
A part of society which encourages people to accept the values favoured by the ruling class, which maintains capatalism
17 of 18
Domestic labour
Work done within the home such as housework
18 of 18

Other cards in this set

Card 2




common agreement of shared values

Card 3




Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4




Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5


Sexual division of labour


Preview of the front of card 5
View more cards


Stormy Music


Really useful quiz on family functions, thanks for posting!

Similar Sociology resources:

See all Sociology resources »See all Families and households resources »