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Description

In the context of human society, a family is a group of people related either by consanguinity, affinity, or co-residence or some combination of these. The purpose of families is to maintain the well-being of its members and of society. Ideally, families would offer predictability, structure, and safety as members mature and participate in the community. In most societies, it is within families children acquire socialization for life outside the family. Additionally, as the basic unit for meeting the basic needs of its members, it provides a sense of boundaries for performing tasks in a heterosexual environment, ideally builds a person into a functional adult, transmits culture, and ensures continuity of humankind with precedents of knowledge.

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Organizations relating to Family

Indo-Pacific Association of Law, Medicine and Science / Petaling Jaya, Malaysia / Est. 1983
International Federation for Parent Education / Sèvres, France / Est. 1964
International Association of Training and Research in Family Education / Mons, Belgium / Est. 1987
Latin and Mediterranean Group of Sport Medicine / Algiers, Algeria / Est. 1956
Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation / Castries, St Lucia / Est. 1988
Save a Family Plan / London ON, Canada / Est. 1965
Women in Dialogue / London, UK / Est. 1975
International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners / Las Vegas NV, USA / Est. 1938
International Institute of Holistic Medicine / Milwaukee WI, USA
European Medical Association on Smoking and Health / Meyrin, Switzerland / Est. 1986
World Association of Perinatal Medicine / Mexico City, Mexico / Est. 1988
International Family Enterprise Research Academy / Springfield IL, USA / Est. 2001
Medico International - Aid in Developing Countries / Est. 1968
International Medical Cooperation Committee / Copenhagen, Denmark / Est. 1950
European College of Equine Internal Medicine / Nantes, France / Est. 2000
International Medical Equipment Collaborative / North Andover MA, USA / Est. 1995
European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics / Maastricht, Netherlands / Est. 1985
Association of Universities Entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin-America / Caracas, Venezuela / Est. 1985
European Confederation of Medical Mycology / Est. 1993
International Committee of Military Medicine / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1921
International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine / Milan, Italy / Est. 1999
Mediterranean Society for Reproductive Medicine
Medical Ambassadors International / Salida CA, USA / Est. 1980
World Organization of Family Doctors / Bangkok, Thailand / Est. 1970
International Society of Internal Medicine / Jakarta, Indonesia / Est. 1948

View all profiles (206 total) in the Yearbook of International Organizations

World Problems relating to Family

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Proliferation of sports utility vehicles
Health hazards of passive smoking
Bereaved children
Immigration barriers for handicapped family members
Restricted state support of the family
Family feuds
Bereavement
State custody of deprived children
Parochial family responsibility
Discrimination against immigrants and aliens
Marital instability
Prejudice against single parents
Deteriorating social environments for raising children
Polygamy
Denial of the right to procreate
Excessively large families
Vandalism
Consanguineous marriage
Inadequate maternal and child health care
Unbalanced family diets
Unethical practices of relatives of leaders
Family violence
Multi-car families
Abandoned elderly
Family rejection of children

Action Strategies relating to Family

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Ensuring healthy environment
Preserving heritage
Increasing small farmers enterprise and income
Giving attention to war victims
Subsistence farming
Improving family food quality
Assisting immigrant families
Providing family allowances
Enabling full family employment
Educating for marriage and family life
Stabilizing family life
Forging family life-style
Exalting family life
Researching genealogy
Assuring family health care
Empowering family units
Providing mother/child care
Protecting rights of unborn children
Affirming influence of peer groups
Resisting peer pressure
Cultivating home gardens
Using tree-based subsistence farming
Developing coherent family policy
Nurturing spiritual development though family
Assisting families in poverty

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