“Ordinary people” and the truncated nuclear family
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The American-made movie “Ordinary People”, which moved and troubled audiences in the United States and abroad in 1980 when it appeared, exemplifies a type of truncated nuclear family in which the wife-mother attempts to model herself after the role of the husband-father, espousing those values more characteristic of men at home and in the world of work. The author holds that the movie accurately established a casual connection between the particular form of marital relationship and the psychiatric disturbance of one of the offspring during adolescence.
KeywordsHealth Psychology Social Issue Nuclear Family Ordinary People Marital Relationship
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