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Example Answer for Question 9 Paper 2: AS Sociology, June 2017 (AQA)

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Last updated 24 May 2017

Question 9: Briefly Explain [2 marks] - Family Life

One way in which family life may be functional for adults is through the stabilisation of adult personalities. The Functionalist sociologist Parsons saw this as one of the key functions of the family as it allowed members (particularly the male breadwinner/instrumental role holder) to diffuse any frustrations they held as a result of their working lives as the family provides them with the emotional support they need.

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