The Effects Of Television On Family Structure

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According to Merriam Webster Dictionary the definition of family is “the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family”. The ideal of what a traditional family entails have changed since the last few decades. What happened to the family structure? Where did traditions go? How does television impact the family structure? Due to societal changes, the impact of divorce, and media influence, the traditional family structure has diminished because of less cohesion and more emphasizes on individuality.
Molly S. Castelloe, a publisher of The Me in We article stated that “The last 50 years have seen a dramatic rise in divorce cohabitation rather than marriage, "blended" families of both gay and heterosexual design, and children born out of wedlock”. In today’s society there is no longer an image of a father, a mother and two children living within a white picket fence. There is now same sex marriages, single family homes, and blended families whether it be through interracial marriages or remarried individuals. The book Parent-Child Relations by Jerry Bigner addresses the family systems theory. The theory was produced by Dr. Murray Bowen which states that “individuals cannot be understood in isolation from one another, but rather as a part of their family” (Parent-Child Relations, 2010). Families consist of interconnected and interdependent…
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