The Family and Other Limitations on Welfare Dependency

  • Ralph Segalman
  • David Marsland
Part of the Studies in Social Revaluation book series (STSR)


Probably the most effective of the informal controls operating in Switzerland is the family structure. From an early age, Swiss family socialisation, at almost all levels of social stratification, operates to shape children into functional citizens and workers. Community attitudes reinforce the authority of the family over children, and children soon learn that their behaviour must conform to a standard of consideration for others. Each child is impressed with the assignment of picking up after himself, of doing the work assigned to him, and of preparing himself for self-sufficiency. Children soon learn that as members of a family they must care for their siblings and be responsible for their well-being. Because of effective family socialisation, few individuals find themselves in need of community aid.


Informal Social Control Spousal Support Swiss Society Welfare Dependency Family Socialisation 
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© Ralph Segalman and David Marsland 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph Segalman
    • 1
  • David Marsland
    • 2
  1. 1.California State University, NorthridgeUSA
  2. 2.Brunel UniversityUK

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