Advantages And Disadvantages Of Nuclear Family

Nuclear family consists of husband, wife and their children. The concept of joint family where all the family members like aunt, uncle, cousins and grandparents live together contradicts with the concept of nuclear family. There are many countries where you would find many joint families but at same time the concept of nuclear families is catching up there too. There are many advantages and disadvantages of the nuclear family. Some of them are listed below:


Advantages Of The Nuclear Family

While discussing about the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear family, the first and foremost point pops up in the mind of a person is privacy of life.

1) Privacy – The couple can get their privacy in their own house in nuclear families whereas you cannot get your privacy in a joint family. People can live their own way and can do whatever they want to. There are no such boundaries set by the elders to follow.

2) Financial stability – When we talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the nuclear family, then financial stability is one of the strongest points in the nuclear family. One can be financially strong because of limited expenses. There is less number of people in the nuclear family and hence less expenses. You cannot have a strong financial stability if you are the only person who is earning in a joint family.

3) Freedom – The elders restricts youngsters not to do certain tasks because they think this is not good for them. But today’s generation is very smart. They know what is good and bad for them and have enough analytical power so they don’t like to restrict themselves. Instead, they want their freedom so that they can do and achieve whatever they want in their life.

4) Ease in moving – When you have a nuclear family, you face fewer problems while shifting from a house. You can manage your things according to you without disturbing the lives of other people. This is one of the major advantages of the nuclear family.

5) Avoidance of stress and discomfort – Some people are emotional. They can’t tolerate any kind of fun that is on them and in the joint family, one need to have much high patience. But, nuclear families has the advantage that if you live in the company of those with whom you are very comfortable then there is no need to take any stress and your discomfort also get vanished in a moment.


Disadvantages Of The Nuclear Family

While thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of the nuclear family, a person should also think that it is not always good to live in a nuclear family. At certain points, you realize the value of joint family. Here are those points which will teach you the importance of joint family and disadvantages of nuclear families.

1) No care – If the parents are working and children suffered from any small or big disease, then one needs to deal with it alone as they don’t have elders and other family members to take care of. This is the major disadvantage of the nuclear family. One is alone and feels even sicker when he sees no one around.

2) Problems to children – If your child is small and needs special care, then at that point, you will definitely find the nuclear family not good enough. You will always think that if you were in a joint family then this condition would never arise as you have other family members who can take care of the child and in the mean time, you can do your work.

3) Security and safety – Security is one another disadvantage in the nuclear family. People feel insecure in the nuclear family. There are so many cases of robbery and murders and many of them are from nuclear family itself, as it is easier to grab someone who lives alone in a house or with less number of people.

4) No support – When we talk about the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear family, support is the thing one will always miss. If there is an argument between the couple then there is no one to support any one of them. They have to deal with their problem alone without any support. Sometimes due to open nature and ego, the fight results in divorce or separation because there was no one to make them understand the basics of a relationship.

5) Extra Expenses – When you live in a community or in a joint family, then you have the liability to keep other happy and familiar to you. In order to do this, you need to do some extra expenses. Suppose, you bring some gift for your child then it is also important to bring some gift for other children in the family.


These are some of the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear family.


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  1. Agree with all the advantages. But your last item is actually reading as a disadvantage for joint family rather than nuclear. Also, that item on support is a bit funny. I mean, invariably, the woman is in the husband's home, so automatically, during arguments, most (I repeat MOST) parents will side with their son. No one will speak up for the woman in an argument in MOST cases. Also, I notice that boys want joint families, but when their daughters are getting marries, they want a nuclear family for the daughter. hehe.

  2. i agree with your statements but in my family we all are responsible. everyone has his own responsiblity & all have to do their own work also. like my mother is domestic engineer, me & my brother are busy in study etc. means all of that if we manage our work and adjust or feel so we can flying in colours.

    thx for lending your ears.

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  4. i agree with all your advantages and disadvantages. it is the best site ever i open.good one………………

  5. i agree with these points but here there no discussion about values and all.that’s what i feel

  6. I agree wid Rvn dat the last disadvantage is more likely for joint family!, rather than nuclear. But avoiding dis the essay was really nice, mostly b’coz it was kept short & sweet.

    Dat’s all folks!! :)

  7. The essay was quiet nice and sweet.I also live in nuclear family but sometimes i don’t face the disadvantages. the essay should not be in points.

  8. hey! tar, looked at this for my family cause i wanna prove to them that nuclear family are not the best! it has lots of disadvantages and advantages so its almost a nutural family.

  9. i like d advantages n 2 d disadvantages but i wanted d essay 2 b more big for advantages

  10. Jiny koshy thomas

    June 16, 2013 at 10:36 am

    THE given points are good but the points should be more elabourated,it will prove useful for the readers.Everything has an advantage and a disadvantage and so has nuclear families and it depends upo a person that he considers it as a boon or a curse.

  11. Jiny koshy thomas

    June 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Everything has an advantage and a disadvantage and so has nuclear families and it depends upo a person that he considers it as a boon or a curse.

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