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Summative Evaluation- Is the Family Disappearing?
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Description On Why the Family is Not Disappearing

     When looking  at the research given and when the past families are viewed one can think critically and understand the family is not disappearing and it in fact does endure because of change.  Many changes have happened from the first initial discovering of the Hunter-Gatherer families yet scientists still observe this as being a form of family (maslen,2004).  Although individual families may break apart from divorce,  they are still connected to their parents and are part of a family.  Just because it isn't two parents living together with their child doesn't mean that it is not a family form, or if two people of the same-sex have adopted their own child. In the text book(2004) it states that families systems will always endure change, they have gone through many changes and a lot of drastic changes.  When a child moves out onto their own that child is still brought up in a family, when a couple divorces they are still part of a family, or when a child is adopted they have a family too (maslen, 2004).  Just because there are now more definitions of a family than before does not mean that a family has changed or is disappearing, it simply means that we are following the changes that society is going through. 

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.