Social processes occurring in the world leave imprints on the originally traditional pattern of patriarchal family, while transformation of values, cultural and economic background and development of technologies make the institute of family more loose and liberal. Moreover, if the family as a social institution is originally a heterosexual union aimed at procreation, it excludes any possible variations and deviations from this standard. However, the statistics provided by Sharp (2012) shows that most Americans still adhere to the golden standard of the nuclear family, which consists of parents and a child. At the same time, civilization on its current stage has given birth to many nonstandard family patterns including single-parent families, childfree heterosexual couples, unmarried couples with children and, of course, same-sex families either with or without children. It is also notable that the modern consumer society of comfort aimed at providing the maximum level of convenience of its members has contributed to corruption and degradation of general moral values and, as a result, to devaluation of family relations. Internet as one of the major modern technologies, in its turn, creates new patterns of social interaction and new patterns of family relations, as it is highlighted in the study of Carvalho et al. (2015). At the same time, sociological analysis of the family has to consider the effect of religion and cultural traditions, which still might be the restraining force disintegration of the family as a sociological institution.
The hypothetical case study chosen for this essay will be the family of American immigrants, who have been living in the U.S. quite a while and are currently raising their 3-children offspring, with the age of children varying from 11 to 19. The immigrants came to America 20 years ago and thus all their children are the