Effects Of Family Problems

Family life can be a place of refuge and security, but for some, it is a source of pain and disappointment. Families absorb many of the stresses and strains from the outside world – and the pressures can boil over. Sometimes a personal problem, particularly in a young person, can overwhelm a family, and there seems to be no clear way forward. At other times changes within the family leave other members confused and angry or hurt. When a crisis or disappointment happens for one member, the family absorbs the impact, sometimes helping and sometimes hindering.

All families are different, and the ups and downs of family life have a huge effect on children and young people. The love and support children feel from parents and relatives will give them the strength to grow and develop. But all families go through difficult times, and some children and young people find it hard to get on with parents or siblings.

Any crisis is a blow to the family. All members are affected collectively. It creates sorrow, anger or anguish for family members who play their role without enthusiasm. A crisis has short and long-term effects on the family. Read on to know some causes of family problems and their corresponding effects on families.


Some Causes Of Family Problems

Family Problems can be for a variety of reasons. Here are some causes of family problems;

  1. Loss of economic support, death, severe and prolonged illness, accidents, etc.
  2. Unexpected crisis like war, deaths, accidents, illness, unemployment or under employment.
  3. Different personalities clashing  and disagreements over ways of doing things
  4. Jealousy or fighting between brothers and sisters
  5. Parents arguing
  6. Divorce or separation
  7. New step-parents or step-brothers and sisters
  8. A parent or relative having mental health problems, disabilities or illness
  9. A parent or relative having alcohol or drug problems
  • Stresses due to unemployment, money or housing problems.
  • Domestic violence
  • Cultural or generational differences
  • The effects of grief

Family problems, irrespective of the sort, have big effects on the family, especially the children. It can affect them in multiple facets, including at school or, more specifically, their school performance. Family problems can also have effects on society.

Effects Of Family Problems On The Children

Family issues—such as divorce, financial strife, and sibling bullying—have the potential to negatively affect those directly involved as well as distant relatives. Kids, however, are common victims left reeling from a family problem. These young individuals do not have the tools or mental capacity to properly manage stress, and it shows in multiple capacities: one being their performance at school. Financial strife and sibling bullying can also put stress on a child’s emotions and cause them to lose focus or act out at school.

Another effect of family problems is the emergence of a kind of self-distrust through constant fear of the future. The child becomes afraid of what will happen tomorrow because he projects his feelings on the problems he witnesses at home. The child’s world, which must be a world filled with love, affection and family harmony, becomes an abhorrent world with many problems and wrangling. Here he loses his self-confidence and becomes afraid of the future because he does not have a positive image at home.

Problems between parents also destroy the spirits of the children, and they are characterized by fear, panic, anxiety and confusion in emotions. These children also show some feelings of guilt regarding the parents’ conflict. The child feels that he is the cause of the conflicts between his father and his mother. Changes in the family can unsettle and upset and make children feel insecure and bad about themselves. They may feel angry, anxious or depressed. These feelings can affect other areas of their lives, such as school and friendships.

In addition, family problems lead the child to develop a sense of insecurity, thus forming a pessimistic view of life, and the child may show symptoms of depression. We cannot but mention the reactions of the child’s tiny body, which will weaken, and his skin will become pale. In terms of study, the child will suffer from a lower capacity to understand the lessons, lack of focus, lack of sleep, hostility, crying and such symptoms that make the child easily prey to serious psychological symptoms.


Effects Of Family Problems On The Society

How does family problems affect society?

The family performs several essential functions for society. It socializes children, it provides emotional and practical support for its members, it helps regulate sexual activity and sexual reproduction, and it provides its members with a social identity.

The family contributes to social inequality by reinforcing economic inequality and by reinforcing patriarchy. Family problems stem from economic inequality and from patriarchal ideology. The family can also be a source of conflict, including physical violence and emotional cruelty, for its own members.

The interaction of family members and intimate couples involves shared understandings of their situations. Wives and husbands have different styles of communication, and social class affects the expectations that spouses have of their marriages and of each other. Family problems stem from different understandings and expectations that spouses have of their marriage.

Family problems stem from sudden or far-reaching changes in the family’s structure or processes; these problems threaten the family’s stability and weaken society . The family contributes to social inequality by reinforcing economic inequality and by reinforcing patriarchy.


Family problems cause negative emotions such as anxiety, sadness and anger. Family members may also feel isolated, confused, exhausted and stressed when they experience family problems.

With love and respect all family problems can be overcome. Family members should understand the temperaments of other family members so that they are able to approach them in an appropriate manner.


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