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Perspectives on Interpersonal Relationships in the Family

  • Peter C. Kratcoski
  • Lucille Dunn Kratcoski
  • Peter Christopher Kratcoski
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Abstract

A number of changes in contemporary society have been identified as affecting the American family structure and practices. The dynamic balance in the interaction of family members, known as homeostasis, may be achieved by different mechanisms, depending on the lifestyles and role ascriptions of the members of the family. However, if one or more members of the unit do not accept his or her role, or is incapable of assuming the responsibilities ascribed to the role, the family unit can become disrupted and dysfunctional. Psychological disruption of the family unit through alcoholism, mental illness, emotional disturbances of parents, extreme anxiety resulting from financial difficulties, and physical or psychological conflict between parents are factors that have been shown to be associated with the delinquency of the children in a family. A number of researchers have established a relationship between parental rejection and aggressive delinquent behavior. The importance of the father in delinquency prevention has also been stressed.

Keywords

Socialization Family structure Dysfunctional family Parental rejection Child abuse Homeostasis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter C. Kratcoski
    • 1
  • Lucille Dunn Kratcoski
    • 2
  • Peter Christopher Kratcoski
    • 3
  1. 1.Sociology/Justice StudiesKent State UniversityTallmadgeUSA
  2. 2.TallmadgeUSA
  3. 3.Williams, Welser & Kratcoski LLCKentUSA

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