What Is The Importance Of Family In Modern Society?

Updated February 6, 2023by BetterHelp Editorial Team

With advancements in technology, changing cultural norms, new priorities, and new forms of communication fueled by the internet, you may wonder how family holds up in a modern and ever-changing society. The concept of a family could continue to be essential for people from all walks of life, despite changing beliefs or customs. Research demonstrates the importance of family for numerous areas of well-being. No matter how much life changes and the concept of family evolves, it may continue to benefit human health and wellness.

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The Definition Of Family May Evolve, But Family Remains Essential  

The traditional definition of a "nuclear family" entailed one man and one woman married with biological children. However, what each family identifies with can be more inclusive or look different than family stereotypes. Additionally, research labels many different types of families.

A family might be a couple comprising any genders, married or not. Some children may grow up with more than one parent. Children may be born to one of the parents, both parents, or neither (via adoption or foster care). 

Some families may have two or more partners with no children or a group of close platonic friends. You may also hear of others citing their "chosen family," people they choose to be part of their family circle who may not be biologically related to them. 

Benefits Of A Healthy Family 

As modern life can add pressure and stress, a healthy family dynamic can have multiple benefits, regardless of whether it's a biological family, adoptive family, or chosen family. 

Helps Meet Basic Needs

Many years ago, Abraham Maslow created a diagram called the Hierarchy of Needs. At the bottom are basic needs, including water, food, rest, and health. A family may help provide these necessities, which serve as building blocks for other needs. 

Research also suggests that social connection is a need, as it improves physical and mental health. Family may offer social connection in abundance. 

Allows You To Belong To Something

Belonging may feel true regardless of biological ties. A sense of belonging can come from the group or community we belong to, and it can contribute to our emotional well-being by allowing us to feel connected socially. 

Offers A Built-in Support System

Research shows that the support system families provide can have a profound impact throughout different stages of life. Difficult times are often inevitable in life, but a family may provide a sense of stability and connection that can make it easier to get through them. 

Provides Health Benefits

Children might experience a healthy lifestyle when they live in a healthy family. They may have healthy meals, enjoy time outdoors, and get prompt medical attention when needed. 

Health benefits exist for parents, too. Research has shown that people with children in their families tend to live longer, even after the children have grown up and moved away. 

Provides Support When Someone Is Ill

Facing medical problems alone can feel challenging. A family may help alleviate these problems by meeting some of the needs in Maslow's first few tiers of the hierarchy pyramid, including food, water, shelter, or a sense of belonging. 

Offers Community Benefits

Research shows that a strong family structure reduces the likelihood of delinquency and crime. This statistic may mean that the family unit can substantially impact an individual and their community. 

The Importance Of Family In Educating Children

One way many parents contribute to society is by educating their children. Parents and caregivers often begin teaching children at a very young age. They may help them learn to walk and teach them new words as they develop their vocabulary and language skills. They also may teach them manners and take advantage of learning opportunities in everyday life. 

Many parents are equipped when it comes to helping their children learn after they go to school. They can encourage scholarship opportunities, ethical behavior, and social skills that can benefit children through adolescence and into adulthood.

All Families May Struggle Sometimes At Times

Even though families can have benefits, they may face challenges at times. You might need support to get through difficult times, and you are not alone. 

When it comes to overcoming the challenges of family life, you might find support in your friends. You can also seek the help of a professional with training and experience in family dynamics. 

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Seeking Help

Talking to a counselor may help you explore your feelings about family and learn to express those feelings openly. You may also learn to understand the family influences that shaped your personality. Also, your counselor may be able to teach you techniques for changing your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. 

In modern society, many families are turning to new researched therapy methods, such as online therapy. Online therapy allows families to fit their therapy needs around their schedule and utilize technological advancements to meet with a therapist by phone, video, or messaging. 

Aside from being convenient and accessible, online therapy is also a treatment option that can make a real difference. With advances in online therapy, studies have shown that it is as effective as traditional in-person therapy for those who try it. 


Families can provide many benefits for your well-being, no matter what stage of life you're in. For example, a family may provide social connection, basic needs, or love. 

However, families can face challenges, and not every family experiences healthy connections. If you want to learn more about family challenges, consider contacting a counselor to discuss your thoughts with a mental health expert.

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