How different theoretical perspectives may view the changes in the family.....
Functionalist Theory- Society changes to support the changes in the family. Society is developed
to support the functions of how a family interacts. The Functions of a family are developed on how system views what
the functions should be. They question whether changes in in the family are normal and whether they are supposed to
happen, and whether the changes will benefit society.
Symbolic Interactionalist Theory- Investigates how changes in the family will effect the individuals
identity. These theorists will study whether divorce, adoption, or other changes in the family institution will effect
the individual. They study how an individuals view on how they percieve the family and their own family
Systems Theory- Explains how individuals establish the changes in their families. These theorists
will investigate how the different parts of a family will work together and influence one anothers decisions about the family.
Feminist Theory- Explains how a women's perspective on a family may influence how the family
may end up.
Social Exchange Theory- Individuals look at the cost and benefits of changing their family institution.
Whether a couple wants a divorce or not, they will look at the costs and benefits of this drastic change in their lifestyles.