The Protective Function
In all societies the family offers some degree of physical, economic, and psychological protection to its members. In many societies any attack upon a person is an attack upon that person’s entire family, with an members bound to defend the family member or to revenge . the injury. In many societies.guilt and shame are equally shined by all family members. II) most primitive- societies the family is an ex-. tended food-sharing unit which starves or fattens tog=then as. long as one’s ‘relatives have food, one has no fear of hunger. And in many primitive societies,’ as in ours, few persons outside one’s family care very deeply what happens to one.