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In the context of human society, a family is a group of people related either by consanguinity or affinity. 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 that 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 safe 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

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World Problems relating to Family

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Health hazards of passive smoking
Proliferation of sports utility vehicles
Decline of human relationship to nature
Irresponsibility of young people towards the family
Increasing number of step-families
Discrimination against men in parental rights
Extension of the family life-cycle
Immigration barriers for handicapped family members
Restricted state support of the family
Family feuds
State custody of deprived children
Bereaved children
Parochial family responsibility
Discrimination against immigrants and aliens
Marital instability
Prejudice against single parents
Deteriorating social environments for raising children
Denial of the right to procreate
Excessively large families
Consanguineous marriage
Inadequate maternal and child health care
Unbalanced family diets

Action Strategies relating to Family

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Ensuring a healthy environment
Cultivating home gardens
Coping with bereavement
Affirming unity of humankind

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