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Definition Essay Family Values

For other uses, see Family values (disambiguation).

Family values, sometimes referred to as familial values, are traditional or cultural values that pertain to the family's structure, function, roles, beliefs, attitudes, and ideals.

In the social sciences, the term "traditional family" refers to a child-rearing environment composed of a breadwinningfather, a homemakingmother, and their biological children; sociologists formerly referred to this model as the norm. A family deviating from this model is considered a nontraditional family.


Several well-known online dictionaries define "family values" as the following:

  • "the moral and ethical principles traditionally upheld and passed on within a family, as honesty, loyalty, industry, and faith."[1]
  • "values especially of a traditional or conservative kind which are held to promote the sound functioning of the family and to strengthen the fabric of society."[2]
  • "values held to be traditionally learned or reinforced within a family, such as those of high moral standards and discipline."[3]

In politics[edit]

Main article: Familialism

Familialism or familism is the ideology that puts priority on family and family values.[4] Familialism prioritizes the needs of the family over the needs of individuals, and advocates for a welfare system where families, rather than the government, take responsibility for the care of their members.[4]

In the United States, the banner of "family values" has been used by conservatives to fight abortion, gay rights, and major feminist objectives.[5]

In culture[edit]

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Saudi culture[edit]

Interpretations of Islamic teachings and Arab culture are common for the majority of Saudis. Islam is a driving cultural force that dictates a submission to the will of God.[6] The academic literature suggests that the family is regarded as the main foundation of Muslim society and culture; the family structure and nature of the relationship between family members are influenced by the Islamic religion.[7] Marriage in Saudi culture means the union of two families, not just two individuals.[8] In Muslim society, marriage involves a social contract that occurs with the consent of parents or guardians. Furthermore, marriage is considered the only legitimate outlet for sexual desires, and sex outside marriage (fornication) is a crime that is punished under Islamic law.[9] This view of marriage is similar to the WesternChristian view of marriage, created in 12th century France, which promised salvation, sex without sin, and much more.[10]

The Saudi family includes extended families, as the extended family provides the individual with a sense of identity. The father is often the breadwinner and protector of the family, whereas the mother is often the homemaker and the primary caretaker of the children.[11] Parents are regarded with high respect, and children are strongly encouraged to respect and obey their parents.[12] Often, families provide care for elders. Until recently, because families and friends are expected to provide elderly care, nursing homes were considered culturally unacceptable.[13]

United States culture[edit]

In sociological terms, nontraditional families make up the majority of American households.[14] As of 2014, only 46% of children in the U.S. live in a traditional family, down from 61% in 1980.[15] This number includes only families with parents who are in their first marriage, whereas the percentage of children simply living with two married parents is 65% as of 2016.[16] However, there are many who hold that the nuclear family is the fabric that holds society together[17] and work to promote stronger family values. The Chemin Neuf community, the Bruderhof[18], and the Evangelical Alliance all work to promote the nuclear family.

See also[edit]


  1. ^"family values". Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  2. ^"family values". Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, Inc. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  3. ^"family values". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  4. ^ abEmiko Ochiai, Leo Aoi Hosoya (2014). Transformation of the Intimate and the Public in Asian Modernity. The Intimate and the Public in Asian and Global Perspectives. BRILL. ISBN 9789004264359.  [url= Page 20-21]
  5. ^Dowland, Seth (2015). [to fight abortion, gay rights, and major feminist objectives Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right] . University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 9780812247602. 
  6. ^Peachy, William S. (1999). A brief look upon Islam. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Darussalam Publishers and Distributors. p. 48. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  7. ^Mutair, A; Plummer, V; O'Brien, A; Clerehan, R (2014). Contemporary Nurse: A Journal For The Australian Nursing Profession. 46 (2): 254–258. 
  8. ^Khalaf, I; Callister, L (1997). "Cultural meanings of childbirth: Muslim women living in Jordan". Journal of Holistic Nursing. 4 (15): 373–388. 
  9. ^Lemu, A; Heeren, F (1992). Women in Islam. Leicester, England: The Islamic Foundation. 
  10. ^McDougall, Sara (2013). "The Making of Marriage in Medieval France". Journal of Family History. 38 (2): 103–121. 
  11. ^Luna, J (1989). "Transcultural nursing care of Arab Muslims". Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 1 (1): 22–26. 
  12. ^Ghazwi, F.; Nock, L. (1989). Middle Eastern Studies. 25: 363–369. 
  13. ^Luna, J (1989). "Transcultural nursing care of Arab Muslims". Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 1 (1): 22–26. 
  14. ^Panasenko, N (2013). "Czech and Slovak Family Patterns and Family Values in Historical, Social and Cultural Context". Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 44 (1): 79–98. 
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  17. ^"Marriage". Bruderhof. Retrieved 2018-01-17. 
  18. ^"Life Among The Bruderhof". The American Conservative. Retrieved 2018-01-17. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bennett, William J. (ed.) (1997). The Book of Virtues for Young People: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories (illustrated, reprint). Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-689-81613-0
  • Bork, Robert H. (2010). Slouching towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline (revised edition). HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-203091-7
  • Coontz, Stephanie (1992). The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (illustrated, reprinted ed.). Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-09097-6
  • Coontz, Stephanie (2008). The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families. Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-7867-2556-4
  • Coontz, Stephanie (ed.) (2013). American Families: A Multicultural Reader (2nd edition, revised). Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-77691-6
  • Coontz, Stephanie (2006). Marriage, A History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage. Penguin. ISBN 978-1-101-11825-2
  • Gairdner, William Douglas (2007). The War Against the Family: A Parent Speaks Out on the Political, Economic, and Social Policies That Threaten Us All. BPS Books. ISBN 978-0-9784402-1-3
  • Good, Deirdre (2006). Jesus' Family Values. Church Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-1-59627-163-0
  • Shapiro, Ben (2005). Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism is Corrupting Our Future. Regnery. ISBN 978-1-59698-686-2
  • Stacey, Judith (1996). In the Name of the Family: Rethinking Family Values in the Postmodern Age (reprint). Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0-8070-0433-3

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“Think of your family today and every day after that, don’t let the busy world of today keep you from showing how much you love and appreciate your family.”

The family is the great part of every human life. Every man is incomplete without the family. Family plays a significant role in human life. A family is like a tree; there are many stems in the tree. Same as a man life, there are so many relations in a family such as his parents, his wife, and his children are living together.

Family members share the all things and equal part of all responsibilities within the family. It makes the members triumphal and makes an entire family. In the society, there is much requirement of the best family because the real family makes a good community and good society makes a good country.

Everyone wants the good family, where all family members understand better to each other for anything. Even, At any problem happens with any other family member so everyone should take it granted and support to each other and make a united family.

Every happy man becomes the happier person, and they have not any tension about anything, just because of the family behind a happy man. A happy man will work happily, his behavior with all will better, and he will complete his responsibility towards society and nation when a family will support on happy man.

Importance of family

  • Well connection of household members

Household members refer to the various type of relationship which is the link to the household such as, Blood Relation, Marriage relation, Adoption, etc. among this all different members of a family.

  • Positive relationship of members

It is vital for the positive family relationship which is considered the real relation. It is the critical factor for the overall development and well-being of a child.

  • Healthy family relationship

Healthy household relationship promotes that the right habits of all family members. The first transmission of good habits comes from the parents for their children. At all household the parents are teaches us an excellent practice and particular ways of acting, thinking and feeling. There are also the friends, teachers, playmates and other associates are comparatively temporary influences.

In the every household relationship plays a prominent role in drafting the new generation for life in the community.

  • Importance of the old people in family

There is the best reason of the healthy family relationship is our old member of a household. The healthy family relationship is more important for old people. They can feel more comfortable in the family when there is strong bonding among their children and other members.

Advantages of family

  • In a family, there is man incomplete without the family because the family makes the complete human being to the person.
  • Everyone needs someone close to share all problems and solutions with the family member. And this gap is only fulfilled by the family. No one can better understand our problem without family.
  • Similarly, people are living within a family is happier than people who live alone. Because blood can cure your many challenges but a lonely person can’t.
  • Every family member will secure from any external conflict because it makes protection for every family members.
  • In every family, there are children so smart and more active, and they understand all thing. Family members involve the elders and seniors are guiding to the children for being a smart.
  • Love, strength, honesty, confidence are building within a child who brought up under the guidance of elders. It only happens in a family.
  • The values of family will impact on a growing child within a society
  • Family relationships, the other factors that contribute towards socialization and overall development, are the educational institution, the peer group, the work group and various socializing media.


The family relationship is vital for the human being. Here all people wants and needs of the family because they are incomplete without the family. Consequently, family fulfills all requirement of our life.