Sociology of the Family
In all societies, the family is the premier institution for all of the following: socialization
of children, adult intimate relationships, life-long economic support and cooperation, and
continuity of relationships along the life-course. Sociologists are leaders among scientists
who study the family. They have functioned in a core assessment role for describing,
explaining, and predicting family-based social patterns for the United States and other
countries of the world. Sociologists have allowed us to understand the larger social and
personal level trends in families.