Family Unit in Human Sociological Terms

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Overview The Family Unit In human sociological terms, the family is described as a group of people that have affinity traditionally, organized through husband, wife, and children and/or extended relatives. This unit, called the nuclear family, was a historical organization that served economic and cultural needs, educated children in societal behaviors, and offered stability. In the modern age, however, families of all kinds exist. There may be one-two, three or more parents involved in the child's overall plan; those parents may be traditional, grandparents or care-givers, same sex couples, or multiple divorces, etc. We live in a diverse world, not just in the United States, but globally. Preparing children for a leadership role in this world also requires that we take into account individual micro- and macro-differences, celebrate those differences, and view the family as assisting in any way possible the positive relationship of the community, the schools, and other resources to help those children actualize (Hareven, 1991; Berman, 2010). Carl Whitaker and Theory- Carl Whitaker was one of the founding generation of family therapists. He died in 1995, but his ideas, theories, and methods surrounding family therapy were seminal in changing the focus from the individual to the family unit as a whole in therapy. His ideas were first presented in a 1978 book, co-written with Augustus Napier, called The Family Crucible. In this book, Whitaker noted that overuse of theory can

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