SOCIALlZITION IN THE MULTI PROBLEM FAMIlY
A 'multiproblem family" is one with a depressing assortment of problems and inadequacies. It is usually poverty-stricken and
conflict-ridden, is often fatherless, and is beset by other problems such as unemployement and irregular work habits, alcoholism,
drug addiction, illegitimacy, dependency, delinquency, and physical and mental illness. Such families fail to fulfill any of the family functions adequately and thus socialize their children to continue the pattern of inadequacy and dependency. Malnutrition permanently blights their physical and intellectual growth , and contributes to their school failure [Birch and Cussow, -1970],_ Every. slum, rural or: , urban, white or black, throngs with the "drifts-children of disorganized lower-class.':' families-who are deprived of love and affection, alienated (rom society, purposeless, and hopeless.