Essay: Family set ups
In those family set ups where the family has been split up and there are single parent households, the power structure is no longer that clear as both the parents seek to place their own authority measures and hence, the power is resented by the children and the authority gets diminished as the court also has a hand to play whether the authority does truly lie with the parent or not. In these cases, the sense of true dominance is pretty weak as the power is constantly disputed and the court is seen as a mediating device.
The children sense this division of power and therefore, the key role of dominance is questioned by the subservient in this case.
In today’s contemporary world, the power balance has changed in certain instances where the parents have come to feel their sense of authority questioned by the children due to the ever available law enforcement agencies etc which seek to provide them with the necessary protection.