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Dynamics of the Filipino Family

The family may be described …

• In terms of relationships –
-biological
Nuclear
Extended family
Close and intimate
Loving parent-child relationships
Family defined…2

• In terms of functions –
 economic security
Procreation and socialization of children
Nursing and protective activities
Affective functions as in emotional support
Forms of Family Traditional Family (Patriarchal)
- A family form in which the
roles of husband and wife are clealy
defined and the husband
monopolizes and makes the major
family decisions.

 Couples as Partners in Marriage


- A more democratic form
where the husband and wife
contribute to the family’s eonomic
resources, share authority and
decision-making, and work together
in child-rearing.
Variations in Family Structure

• Two-parent married couple families


• One-parent family (solo parents)
• Step families
• Cohabiting couple
• Gay and Lesbian couples
• Single persons
Transactional Patterns

• It refers to the boundaries among family members.


• Boundaries are defined in terms of rules – who may
and may not participate in any family activity.
Types of Family Transactional Patterns

• Healthy family – boundaries are neither too rigid nor too


diffused; Members are indeoended of one another yet united
on the welfare of the family.
• Enmeshed family – Boundaries between some or all of the
family members are undifferentiated, permeable, and fluid;
Members lack a sense of independence; as a matter of fact
there is a resemblance of physical and emotional dependence
• Disengaged family – Members of the family have very little to
do with one another, and the independence of each member
is rigidly respected.
Interactional Patterns of the Family

• Marriage
• Power relations
• Closeness and Intimacy
• Communication
• Problem solving abilities
• Ability to deal with loss
• Family Values
• Autonomy
POINTS OF CONFLICT IN THE FAMILY
Tension Points involving women (VAW)

• Structural Discrimination – inequality in many


aspects: education, ability to control conception and
birth , sexual satisfaction, access to jobs and careers
• Cultural discrimination – stereotyping, language
used, socialization; culture of silense
• Sexual Exploitation – spawned by a double standard
of morality
• Role strain created by marriage and motherhood
Tension Points Involving Children

• Child abuse (as per RA 7610)


• Child Neglect
• Culture of silence
• Lack of opportunity for education, health and
recreation
• VAWC
…Involving the Elderly

• Elder Abuse (economic, psychological, and


physical)
• No security/no insurance for old age
• Separation from the family (isolation,
loneliness)
• Ill health, subsistence income or none at all
1. Wives, even
mothers with small
children, are likely • Possible Results of Tensions
to be employed in the Family
outside the home
2. More families are
likely to end with
separation
3. Single Parent
families are more
likely to become
prevalent
Culture
Definition

• It is that complex whole which includes


knowledge, art, belief, moral laws, customs
and traditions, and other habits accepted by
man as a member of society. It refers to the
way of life followed by the group that is called
society.
Characteristics of Culture

• It is learned – usually • Dynamic


from respective families; • Diverse – distinct in terms
role modeling, others. of language, patterns of
• It is shared – transmitted behaior, beliefs, etc.
from one generation to • Whole (mutual
the next through teaching interdependence of its
• Cummulative – increases parts)
in size as a result of
successive addition
(media, colonialism, etc.)
• Beliefs - Example: belief in God,
superstitious belief
• Values – Shared concept of what is
good and desirable, appropriate or
not appropriate. Example: SIR.
Close family ties, love for children
Some Aspects of • Norms
Culture – Folkways – pattern of behavior that is
organized and repetitive but does not
require strict compliance. Ex:
pagmamano
– Customs – common manner of doing
things as in dressing
– Mores - a norm that involves moral or
ethical values and violation is
sanctioned.
Dimensions/facets of culture

• 1. Tool that hones • 3. Language – symbols,


man’s capacities boundaries, meaning of
which is transmitted
• Ex: technology through social
• 2. Social interaction
Organization: It is • 4. Child-rearing
structured. Ex:
social class, status,
roles
Other terms related to Culture

• Ethnocentrism -