Actions and Services for the New Family

  • Marvin B. Sussman
  • T. Berry Brazelton
  • Norman A. Scotch


In the 1970s, as in past decades, the same question is being raised: Will the family survive as a primary social system in the 21st century? The answer is a qualified yes—in that some form of family will persist, but the meaning it will have for its members, the structure of relationships, the way in which marital and parenting functions will be performed, and its durability over time are unknowns. Also, these future functions will vary extensively from the more commonly known and prevalent nuclear family form of procreation, where males traditionally hold gainfully employed roles and women are homemakers.


Family Form Family Type Dual Career Marital Health Experimental Family Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marvin B. Sussman
    • 1
  • T. Berry Brazelton
    • 2
  • Norman A. Scotch
    • 3
  1. 1.Bowman Gray School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Boston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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