Debate on Family power

Debate on Family Power

According to Friedman, Bowden, and Jones (2003) power includes the capacity to influence, control, dominate, and to make decisions (p. 294).   Friedman and colleagues view power as “one of the four interdependent structural dimensions of the family, and power is a reflection of the family’s unwritten family rules and value system” (p. 294).  Power arrangements vary in families and differences are positively related to overall family functioning (Friedman et al., 2003).  How should power arrangements happen in families to contribute to healthy family interactions and functioning?

I will debate family power and authority influences.  The proposition will be:  Families should have an egalitarian or modern family method of power to maintain order and civility to support equality and protect all members of the society.  I will define the concepts and debate between family power bases in reference to gender, cultural orientation, age, family hierarchy, educational levels, and socioeconomic status.  I will share where healthy families are positioned in the power continuum and state emphatically if these factors make a difference in the health of families. The opposing arguments will support the need for the traditional, patriarchal method of power in the family to prevent chaos, confusion, and disorderliness in the society. 

Things That Need to Be addressed:

  • Negative Case (Against the proposition) (CON)

1. State and clearly delineate what is happening now (status quo)

2. Show that nothing is preventing the solution of the problem currently.

3. Minimize the harm.

4. State the disadvantages of making a change (Cost, Reckless, No benefit)

5. Present case in a logical and understandable way.

6. Research to support position

Question 1                                                                                                                                          

The status quo is that, most of the families’ today is who has the authority to make the final decision and who should submit to the other. We all understand that the two parties involved in the chaos are the father and the mother making up the family (Friedman, Bowden & Jones, 2003).

Question 2

Family power is necessary to those who want to those who perhaps want to understand how the families functions as a unit about how to manage money, about where to live, parenting practices and many others so that the wrangles in the families may be stopped. Most of the people in the society have shown so much interest in learning how to understand one another in the family and how to make the decisions (Friedman, Bowden & Jones, 2003). Therefore, nothing will perhaps stand as a hindrance to the solution of the problem since the society is willing to listen and when I mean the community I mean the two parties in that are constantly in the war about power.

Question 3

Minimizing the harm is the perhaps essential element to take before going in such missions that involve families. In most of the cases, the families might turn against you or maybe sue the organization that is handling the issues about their families. Moreover, when handling the issue, we must be aware not to stir-up the problem due to misunderstanding. Therefore, it very important to give opinions with caution and much care to prevent war and separation while we are trying to make peace with the families on the side of power (Friedman, Bowden & Jones, 2003).

Question 4

Many people do have the habit of resisting any change within the society whether right or wrong. The disadvantage of making a change in the current situation is the family power is that there might be some reckless ideas given to solve the cases and this may worsen the situation (Morley, 2005). The other reason may be the cost of running the project in reaching out to the families via the social media and other networks and hence making it expensive.

Question 5

The present case in the family power is the application of moral that is acceptable in the society. The morals allow a man to be in charge of the household and make important decisions as far as the duties of the family are concerned (May, Cheney & Roper, 2007). The men have been given the responsibility of running the affairs of the family and take care of financial needs. However, some of the women in the society who have reached high financial goals than the man tend to override the decision that has been made because they are financially better than the husband. The war about the issue of power in the families have broken the bond between two people who once were together, and the issue has always been taken to the courts to help solve and make known what is expected in the society and the morals that are being taught in class.

Question 6

The modern family methods of power have led to the present war in most of the families, and therefore it will be advisable for the methods to be replaced with the traditional ones to rectify the situation. In the traditional set-up, the father is head no matter the financial, education and other differences that might vary within the two parties (Browning, 2000).


Browning, D. S. (2000). From culture wars to common Ground: Religion and the American family debate. Westminster John Knox Press.

Morley, D. (2005). Family television: Cultural power and domestic leisure. Routledge.

May, S. K., Cheney, G., & Roper, J. (Eds.). (2007). The debate over corporate social responsibility. Oxford University Press.

Friedman, Bowden, and Jones (2003). Legislative Constitutionalism and Section Five Power: Policentric Interpretation of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Yale LJ, 112, 1943.

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