Essay on The Case Of Hidden Americ Children Of The Mountains

717 Words Oct 20th, 2015 3 Pages
According to You May Ask Yourself (Conley, 2013, p. 457), extended family is the “kin networks that extend outside or beyond the nuclear family”. In the case of Hidden America: Children of the Mountains (2009), extended family is a type of family in where relatives (aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins) as well as parents and their children live in the same house. Most of the families seen in the film were extended families in which the head of the house was the mother of the family. In these cases, a father figure is usually absent. Most families in the poorer regions of Appalachia were either in ruins, or extremely dysfunctional. In Characteristics of Dysfunctional Families (1978), Schiamberg points out that dysfunctional families often have a lack of flexibility, extreme detachment towards one another, faulty problem-solving skills, a tendency to scape-goat others, inconsistent application of affection, and an increased degree of hostility towards one another. One example of this is Shawn Grim’s family. He slept in his car rather than living with a large group of people that hated each other and were always stealing from one another. It was practically every man for himself in Shawn’s family. They were so dependent on the money earned from selling drugs that Shawn’s mother contemplated selling his pain medication (before deciding her son was more important to her), and his brother supposedly offered his fifteen year old half-sister drugs or money in exchange for sex.…

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