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I'm doing psychology and I can't get my hear around what functionalism means.
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Is that not where every family has it’s own role to play in society like the economy and educating and socialising with children or have I got the wrong idea?
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Hello. Functionalism is when families contribute to society in healthy ways. For example encouraging their children to work hard in class and actually go to school etc. Part of this is the attempt to build important key skills like teamwork as well and supporting them at work in addition. Another significant part of it involves driving them to after school activities, being supportive when required and making sure that they are healthy too. Also the ability to teach good communication skills and honesty is important here. In other simpler words functionalism is healthy parenting.
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The functionalist approach to studying families was the dominant theoretical perspective for much of the twentieth century. Functionalism suggests that the family can be seen as one essential part of society that contributes to the overall wellbeing of the whole, rather as different organs of the body work together to keep a person healthy (the ‘organic analogy’). Different functionalist writers have suggested different functions; for example Talcott Parsons argued that the nuclear family in modern industrial society has two essential functions, primary socialisation of children and stabilisation of adult personalities. Each society in this view will have the type of family best suited to it; in the medieval period, extended families were more common because they could fulfil functions such as caring for the sick and elderly which the state had not then taken on.
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I'm doing psychology and I can't get my hear around what functionalism means.
Functionalism is an approach to psychology used to study behavior in the context of conscious or logical cognitive processes (thoughts).
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Functionalism is an approach to psychology used to study behavior in the context of conscious or logical cognitive processes (thoughts).
ohhh right thank you!
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