Essay Family Power Debate

1405 Words Oct 18th, 2010 6 Pages

MODERATOR (Nancy): I am Nancy, moderator for Team C debate. Family structure is different in every family. The family has consensus over who has the ultimate say on the day to day decisions. Present day family has very complex type of structure which affects the powerbase determination. A family consisting of a mother (female), father (male), and a child or two will have a very different power base than a family consisting of two same gender parents or a family that has a single parent. Age of the parents and the children also contributes toward power base; when the children are very young, the parents have the power and when the children grow they have their own control.
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With two incomes needed this often times leads to the husband and wife sharing the power. This sharing of power results from the husband and wife working different hours to provide care for the children at all times. Another reason this sharing of power occurs is that the females in today’s society want to feel equal in their relationships.

AFFIRMATIVE VIEW (Lynda): The first point to be considered in debate is that structure must be carefully assessed and recognized prior to distinguishing powerbase. Family function –the intimate, interactive and interdependent sharing of values, decisions, and commitment over time” (Kaakinen, Gedaly-Duff, Coehlo, Harmon-Hanson, 2010, p. 22) determines structure and therefore establishes powerbase. In the healthy family, powerbase is not only perception but a reflection of these values and consideration of leadership and justice. In a family whose perceptions are based on bullying, domineering leadership or abuse, powerbase is reflected by actions committed in fear of punishment and retribution. Powerbase can connote failed impressions as well. Outward assessment of inward “mutual support processes are the family system as it exists and as it functions. Changes in what is occurring are changes in support processes as well as actual changes in how individuals exist and experience”. Powerbase within the family in a healthy or non-healthy environment
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