Ing.Jhonatan Martinez , , Family Medicine
Eng Course- Family Guide- Download Free PDF
Athorny question for many policymakers is, “What is a family?” Definitions abound, but consensus does not. How we define the family is often
hotly-debated because the definition has significant consequences in
people’s lives. Government agencies often have to define what a family is in order to determine who benefits from their program and who does not. Towns or
cities often have to define families in developing zoning and housing regulations.
Family definitions can have a bearing on access to such resources as health and
life insurance, educational, recreational, and mental health services. Furthermore, definitions sometimes convey societal beliefs about what is “normal” and
“acceptable” and thus, by implication, what is “deviant” or socially sanctioned.
In this section of the briefing report, we will begin by summarizing the diversity
of American families. Then we will review three definitions proposed in the
scholarly literature and the consequences of each. Finally, we will take a historical look at how the family is defined in Wisconsin law.