The family is the basic social unit in a community, which impacts a majority of individuals in the society. The family has a large impact on most of the diverse aspects, which surround individuals today (Sharma, 2013). Due to the different perceptions and definitions of family, it is important to redefine the family unit to accommodate the diverse detonations and family structures. The traditional definition of the family involved the biological parents and their children (Sharma, 2013). However, this has changed in the current times becoming more complex with new family arrangements being included in the family unit. A definition of family that encompasses the different family structures prevalent today would include a unit where two or more individuals are united by various aspects, which may include marriage, blood, or other unions who interact and communicate with each other (Sharma, 2013).
It is important to acknowledge nontraditional family structures as they impact the society in different aspects which include emotional, cognitive, and social aspects. Nontraditional family structures include single parents, same sex parents, and foster parents, which is becoming a common thing in the current times (Sharma, 2013). Acknowledging these family structures will help in appropriately addressing any gaps, which may be present in these family settings. Most of the United States households are currently under the non-traditional family setting which is attributed to the robust and blended society (Sharma, 2013). Ignoring the non-traditional family structures will negatively impact a large population which needs to be accepted and accommodated in order to give them an identity and determine the best family interventions in strengthening these family structures (Sharma, 2013).
This will allow the society to provide these family structures with a sense of identity as well as a feeling of belonging, which is important in supporting these family structures in different perspectives (Noone & Papero, 2015). The family systems theory can be used to better understand the interactions of a modern family by categorizing individuals in different family structures. This theory will enable individuals who are isolated from the family system to be connected to different family units (Noone & Papero, 2015). According to the family systems theory, the family system unit enables individuals to interact and communicate with each other, which creates a universal ground to predict individual’s behaviors and understand the patterns of different family systems (Noone ; Papero, 2015). Understanding these family patterns will help in solving any issues, which are faced by traditional as well as the non-traditional family structures.
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Sharma, R. (2013). The Family and Family Structure Classification Redefined for the Current Times. Journal of family medicine and primary care, 2(4), 306-310.