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Friday, 20 November 2015


Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities

Depending on an individual status within the family,the Roles Relationship and Responsibilities may deviate.Status can be defined as the relative position or standing of things or especially person in society.Persons within a family can have more than one role or status, take a woman for example she may have the roleof being a mother, sister,aunt or a wife, as well as a man may have the role of being a son, husband, uncle or a father.Most family structure carries authority,whether headed by the Male or the Female adult. One person can be in authorityas well as both at the same time, however in which ever case the Male figure is normally the final decision maker.

Family Roles (Traditional)

Within society normally families exist to reflect its values. Where the Patriarchal society is concerned,the social system is controlled by males.This has been the norm for most Caribbean families who believe in the traditional male roles.

Male Roles

Male roles traditionally, is seen as the breadwinner or the sole provider for the family,
this includes working to earn a steady income stream.

As head of the household the male is seen by many as the disciplinarian and is normally responsible:

*Training and moral instructions

*Applying punishments and sanctions, should behaviour be unacceptable.

*Ensuring behaviour that is expected is understood.

Female Roles

Female roles traditionally, can be seen as the caregiver for children and with that comes the need to create a safe and healthy environment for the family.

As caregiver a female's responsibilities are as follows:

*Counselling of children

*Preparation of healthy meals

*Showing children love, acceptance and comfort

*The main agent of Socialization for children

Sibling Roles

Sibling roles traditionally, is normally to contribute to the household by doing chores as soon as they are of age to do so. These are:

*Running errands

*Going to the grocery shop

*Washing dishes and cleaning the house.

Failure to carry out a role

failure can be based on the fact that multiple roles are assigned to an individual, which can sometimes cause neglect of other important roles.


Conflict may arise if one neglect their roles or responsibilities. This can be expected as this is a natural part of human interaction especially within the family since this is where most of our time, energy and emotions are spent. Individuals with different personality types, at different stages of development living in the same close space can be annoyed by each other.

The family is where an individual learn about their personalities and learning how to manage them. Persons should feel safe enough to express themselves around family members, when they are not able to do that in the wider society.

Conflict between parents

To avoid disagreement between parents, they must first learn to:

*Agree on their given roles and responsibilities.

*Balance of relationship with family life and personal life.

*financial difficulties are to be dealt with by both partners

*Be faithful to the relationship, conflict that are not resolved may lead up to breaking up of the relationship.

Conflict between Children and Parents

Children sometimes may not see the benefits of their responsibilities and therefore feel as though they are being bullied by their parents while parents think that children are being disobedient, hence the reason for conflict.

Conflict between Siblings

This is mainly because of different personality types as well as different stages of development.


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