A WORLD SURVEY OF FAMILY PATTERNS
ADVANTAGES IN THE STUDY OF ALIEN FAMILY PATTERNS. The study of the family systems of other peoples has only an indirect value in understanding our present family system, in adjusting ourselves or fri ends to this system, or in pr edicting its future. But th is indirect usefulness may be greater than the form erly su pposed direct values. First, we learn th e how of socia l processes as distingui shed from rhe what, where, or when, and acq uire a certain inoculation of the mind aga inst fallacies.