Cross Curtural Understanding : family values


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Cross Curtural Understanding : family values

  1. 1. Class 3B CCU (Cross Cultural Understanding) FAMILY VALUES
  2. 2. In order to understand The American family we need to know values concerning children, young adult, the elderly and family structure.
  3. 3.  In American it is common for parents to put their baby in separate room that belongs only to the child.  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 activity.
  4. 4.  . 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
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6.  The Nuclear Family  Consists of father, mother and children.  Has own home and are economically independent of other family.  Relatives are still considered their family but are outside 5he basic obligation.  The Extended Family  Consists of father, mother, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and in-laws.  Children and parents have strong ties and obligation to relatives.  Older family member are supported by their families.
  7. 7. Many families have strong religious or ethnic background which continue to contribute to the preservating of the close-knit extended family. Once the traditional roles and religion had much stronger influence on the nuclear family. Now, economic conditions, social attitudes and job mobility in America complete with traditional influences.