CCU (Cross Cultural
In order to understand The American family
we need to know values concerning children,
young adult, the elderly and family
In American it is common for parents to put their
baby in separate room that belongs only to the
The parents can have their privacy and the baby
can get used to having her/his own room, which
is seen as a step toward personal independence.
American traditionally have held independence
and a closely related value, individualism.
Many children are taught at a very early age to
make decisions and to be responsible for their
. Usually between 18 and 21 years, children
are encouraged, but not forced to leave the
nest and begin an independent life.
They’ll also find social relationship and
financial support outside the family.
Parents don’t arrange marriage for their
children and the children don’t ask for
permission from their parents to get married.
In many families, parents feel children
should make decision by themselves
Societal and familial treatment of the elderly
reflects this independence and individualism.
This financial support is often provided by
social or welfare systems which decrease
dependence on the family.
some families send their older relatives to
move home rather than keep them in the
home of child and grandchildren. This
separation makes these people feel isolated.
The Nuclear Family
Consists of father,
mother and children.
Has own home and
independent of other
Relatives are still
family but are
outside 5he basic
The Extended Family
Consists of father,
nephews, nieces, and
Children and parents
have strong ties and
Older family member
are supported by
Many families have strong religious or ethnic
background which continue to contribute to
the preservating of the close-knit extended
Once the traditional roles and religion had
much stronger influence on the nuclear
Now, economic conditions, social attitudes
and job mobility in America complete with
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