Family and the Holidays

by Lori, Beatriz, Samantha, and Sidney

Family and the Holidays

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Defining "Social Institution"

A social institution is a set group of certain people upholding roles and supporting a certain section of society. There are many different sets of social institutions; such as a family institution, an economic institution, and a governmental institution. Family institutions are expected to raise their children correctly, uphold traditions, and guide their children the right way so they can become successful in life.

Family Systems and Patterns

In a family system, each person is expected to play a role; whether it be taking control over the house, being the person who cleans the dishes, or being the one who pays the bills. These roles are much like patterns, which are expected to be kept in order to keep the system steady. Without a set pattern, the family system can easily become corrupted and take a different turn.

Disruption of Family Life

Family life can easily be disrupted by roles not being followed and patterns being broken. Even the smallest disruptions, such as not washing the clothes, can influence the family system in a negative way, causing another person to pick up the work they didn't do. Example: Jon hasn't been cleaning the dishes or feeding the dog, so his sister Mary has to take up all the work her brother hasn't done, causing disruption in the family system.

Family Trends

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Family Systems Theory - Part Two