Family Gender Roles

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Gender roles are norms set by society on how one should act and behave according to their sex. Gender roles are acquired through our environment, from how other people act and behave and from the task that men and women do based on their culture and norm (Lipsitz 1981). The specific role of male and female parents vary depending on the cultures and norms. Lipsitz argued that all societies specify adult roles base on the sex (1981). Gender influences the role and expectations in the society and in household. For women, they are the ones who stay at home to do the household work and take care of the children while men are the ones who work to provide the needs of their family. The gender roles of the parents in the household are remarkably changing.…show more content…
In the absence of partner in one-parent family, the solo parent would take charge of the role of that supposed-role of the other. A solo parent would be expected to perform the role of a mother and a father at the same time. However, the role adaptation may vary depending on the setting and situation faced by the individual (Lipsitz,1981). Structural- Functionalism Theory This posits that occupational earnings served as the main income source of the family which status relies on who is able to provide it (Parsons & Bales, 1955). Furthermore, this occupational role is believed to be extending not only to the occupational system rather, it includes the family. Thus, the husband-father, as the one who mainly works and generates income tends to become the “instrumental leader” of the system of the family. In connection with this, the role of female adults within the family mainly to continuously lean on the internal affairs which is as a spouse, a mother and the person-in-charge of the household. The role of male adult on the other hand, leans primarily toward his occupational world in which he is inclined to his job which at the same time helps define their family status and provides for the family’s income (Parsons & Bales,…show more content…
The results and findings of this study will impart an extended knowledge in terms of solo parenting. This study will help educate individuals on parental roles and of the responsibilities that solo parents face in child-rearing. Thus, this will help determine which category of the parental roles the solo parents are more and less likely to perform. Through this study, understanding for the parents who raised their child solo would be increased. Thus, this research will help establish a sense of respect and lessen the tendency of individuals to underestimate the capabilities of a single parent. Also, the findings of this study can be used as a guide to organizations that help solo parents. Theoretical significance of this study, the results and finding of this study provides important contribution to support the theories which are used in this
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