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Family Systems Resources: Social Concept of Family

What is a "Social Construct"? Something artificially constructed by a society or social group...

Definitions that are socially constructed include:

  • adulthood & childhood 
  • art
  • beauty
  • ethics, laws, or "right & wrong"
  • expectations, roles, & stereotypes
  • gender behaviors & roles
  • government roles & responsibilities
  • disability or illness
  • family
  • fashion
  • methods of measuring or describing 
  • money or value exchange
  • marriage & other contracts
  • maps, ownership, & property (who owns what) 
  • religion
  • time
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