Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Walker


The family, mistakenly perceived as an inert system in our culture, is in reality a dynamic and constantly evolving unit both in structure and function. More quickly than ever before, the roles family members play, values, and beliefs are changing. (1975, p. 18) Since the Industrial Revolution, there has been a move from an agrarian to an urban society along with rapid economic and social change which has had a major impact on all institutions. New values in family living have emerged. The nuclear family was considered ideal. The institutional family of rural society, with its subordination of the wife to the husband and with parental authority firmly established, was challenged by the new industrial society where the new companionship family emerged valuing self-expression, democracy, and personality development in family living. (1975, p. 19)

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