Joint Family

Topics: Family, Nuclear family, Extended family Pages: 13 (4220 words) Published: July 28, 2013

RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
BENGALURU, KARNATAKA

PROFORMA FOR REGISTERATION OF
SUBJECTS FOR DISSERTATION
|1 |NAME OF CANDIDATE AND ADDRESS |MS. SENTHIL KUMARI T | | | |1 YEAR M Sc NURSING | | | |SRI LAKSHMI COLLEGE OF NURSING | | | |#127/1, MAGADI MAIN ROAD, VISHWANEEDAM, SUNKADAKATTE BENGALURU – | | | |560091 | |2 |NAME OF THE INSTITUTION |SRI LAKSHMI COLLEGE OF NURSING | |3 |COURSE STUDY AND |I YEAR M.SC. NURSING | | |SUBJECT |MENTAL HEALTH NURSING | |4 |DATE OF ADMISSION TO COURSE |15/05/2010 | |5 |TITLE OF THE TOPIC | “A COMPARATIVE STUDY TO EXPLORE THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE FACTS IN | | | |JOINT AND NUCLEAR FAMILY AT SELECTED RURAL AREAS OF BENGALURU.” |

6. BRIEF RESUME OF THE INTENDED WORK
INTRODUCTION
“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!”  Albert Einstein

Family is where our roots take hold and from there we grow. A sense of belonging is derived from the strong bond of family. Family bonds are a link to our beginning and a guide to our future. We are molded within a unit, which prepares us for what we will experience in the world and how we react to those experiences. Values are taught at an early age and are carried with us throughout our life. Family bonds help to instill trust and hope in the world around us and belief in ourselves. Rituals of bedtime stories, hugs, holidays and daily meals shared together, provide a sense of warmth, structure and safety. These rituals and traditions, not only create memories and leave a family legacy, but create our first path in life 1.

A nuclear family can be defined as a household consisting of two married, heterosexual parents and their legal children (siblings). So nuclear family consisting of a father and mother and their children, who share living quarters. Nuclear families can have any number of children. Joint family can be defined as members of a uni-lineal descent group (a group in which descent through either the female or the male line is emphasized) live together with their spouses and offspring in one homestead and under the authority of one of the members. Joint family is an extended form of a nuclear family. It is composed of parents, their children, and the children's spouses and offspring in one household 1.

In India, the joint family system has been in existence since ancient times. The father is considered as the head of the family. Then the wife, sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren together constitute a joint family. The head of the family feels proud of the great number of members. However, with the passage of time, the joint family system has disintegrated, giving rise to the nuclear family system 2.

Job opportunities available in the cities become the main cause of the disintegration of the joint family system. People migrated to the cities in search of jobs. For a number of reasons, a joint family system could not exist in the cities. There is a lack of living space in the cities. It is difficult to accommodate all the members of a joint family in a single house in the city. Also cost of living is very high in the...
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