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If family health deteriorates, so does the health of society

Stating that the existence of unhealthy families creates an unhealthy society, Public Health Specialist Dr. Nurten Elkin said, "The deterioration of families’ health means the deterioration of whole society’s health."

If family health deteriorates, so does the health of society

Indicating that healthy families are the basis of a healthy society, Dr. Nurten Elkin said, “The family is a social institution that undertakes the task of establishing the bond between society and individuals and ensures the continuity of society. Although the functions, form or characteristics of the family have changed over time, family has existed in all societies throughout history. Family, being the first and natural nucleus of the society, provides the natural conditions of the physical, intellectual and moral development of the individual and constitutes the basic building blocks of society. Family is the most suitable environment for upbringing, educating and making child a healthy member of society."

"THE MOST EFFECTIVE INSTITUTION IN PREPARING CHILD FOR THE FUTURE IS FAMILY"

Emphasizing that the basic values of societies are passed on to new generations through family, Head of the Child Development Department of Istanbul Gelisim University (IGU) Health Sciences Faculty. Asst. Prof. Dr. Nurten Elkin expressed the following statements:
“Mother and father provide child with nutrition, shelter, protection and education opportunities. By showing enough interest, love and affection to children, meeting their needs appropriately and on time, they lay the foundations of trust in them and help the development of their abilities. From this point on, it can be said that family is the most effective institution in preparing child for the future."

“FAMILY MEMBERS SUPPORT AND APPROVE EACH OTHER”

Pointing out that it’s easy to define family health while it’s very difficult to define a healthy family, Dr Elkin said, “A healthy family is defined as a successful family in the literature. However, it is possible to talk about some characteristics of a healthy family.
“Family members support and approve each other. Family members are aware of their roles, duties and responsibilities. Family members trust each other. There is joy in the family, leisure times are shared together. Dos and don’ts of social life are taught. Family has customs and traditions. Family members respect each other's privacy. Family problems and crises are solved together" said Dr. Elkin and added that there is a good communication between family members.

"FAMILY IS A UNION OF FORCES"

Emphasizing that family is actually a union of forces, Dr. Elkin said, “The deterioration of families’ health means the deterioration of whole society’s health. When a family encounters problems, it is important for the family to use their coping mechanisms. However, when they fail to do so, receiving all kinds of Professional counseling is essential for the physical and mental health of all family members, especially children.”
 

Edited date: 01.06.2021
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