What Is The Importance Of Family In Modern Society?

Updated November 23, 2022 by BetterHelp Editorial Team

With the advancement of technology, changing cultural norms, new priorities, and new forms of communication fueled by the Internet, you may wonder what the importance of the family is today. 

The concept of family continues to be salient for people of all walks of life. In fact, 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 will probably continue to be beneficial in many ways.

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The Definition of Family Has Evolved, But Its Importance Remains

The traditional definition of a "“nuclear family" entailed one man and one woman who were married, and their children. However, the current definition of family has expanded to be somewhat more open and inclusive; as such, and there are many different types of families

A family might be two parents of any gender, married or not. Some people even have a family with more than two parents. The children may have been born to one of the parents, both parents, or neither (via adoption). Some families may consist of a set of two or more partners with no children, or a group of close platonic friends.

The Benefits Of Being In A Healthy Family Have Increased

As modern life puts more pressure on all of us, the benefits of family seem to are have become more important than ever, regardless of whether it’s one’s biological family, adoptive family, or chosen family. Below is a list ofHere are some of the benefits.

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.

Allows You To Belong To Something

This can be 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 in numerous ways.

Offers A Built-in Support System

Research shows that the support system families provide can have a profound impact throughout life’s stages. Difficult times are inevitable in life, but a family can provide a sense of stability and connection that can make it easier to get through life’s challenges. This can prove important not just in early childhood but also in adolescence and throughout the various stages of adulthood.

Provides Health Benefits

Children tend to enjoy 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 who live with children in their family 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 be challenging. A family may help alleviate these problems by meeting some of the needs on Maslow’s first few tiers of the hierarchy, namely food, water, shelter, and a sense of belonging. 

Offers Community Benefits

Research shows that a strong family structure reduces the likelihood of delinquency and crime. This means the family unit can have a vital impact not only on the individual but also on the community. 

The Importance Of Family In Educating Children

One of the most important ways 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. 

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

All Families May Struggle SometimesAt Times

Even though families have many benefits, they can sometimes be challenging. 

You may need a little support to get through the difficult times, and you are not alone. When it comes to overcoming the challenges of family life, you might find support in your friends, but 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 get 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. With advances in online therapy being shown to make it just as effective as traditional in-person therapy, the benefits are only growing.

Licensed counselors at BetterHelp are available to listen as you discuss your thoughts and feelings about family. 

 Below are some reviews of counselors from people experiencing different family concerns.

Counselor Reviews

"I am THRILLED with Rachel and with BetterHelp! It is affordable, I am a single mom with 4 kids on a tight budget and a LOT of stress, and this format makes it easy to get help. I LOVE that I can write my feelings to her whenever I am having them, not have to wait a week for the next session. She is very insightful, and I am thankful!"

"I am a 42-year-old female, successful entrepreneur in a loving marriage, and have a bright and healthy 4-year-old boy. I shouldn't have anything to complain about. I am generally happy, motivated, and have ample self-confidence. So why in the world would I need therapy? Because I need help with constructive ideas to control my negative attitude. I'm generally not a negative person, but I'm very self-aware that I have vast mood swings of anger and pessimism, and I get that from my dad. I chose Douglas because he counsels using cognitive behavioral therapy and anger management - which is the kind of therapy I need. Douglas comes up with clear solutions, and I appreciate that. I didn't want a therapist to tell me to talk about my day and how does that make me feel and that it's normal to have these feelings. I know it is normal to feel angry sometimes, but I wanted to understand how to recognize it and address it. So if you need constructive conversation with fast results for everyday annoyances and (especially effective child-rearing advice!), I think Douglas is your therapist."


Families can provide many benefits that are vital for your well-being, no matter what stage of life you’re in. Reach out to a BetterHelp counselor today.

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