chapter  7
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Legal Changes and the Role of Fathers: Swedish Experiences

The functional perspective of Parsons ami Bales ( 1 955) has stressed the necessity of role differentiation within the family where one of the spouses functions as the instrumental leader and the other as the expressive leader. A functional prerequisite is that one of them (the father) fulfills the role of provider or breadwinner and that the other one (the mother) is the emotional center interacting with all family members.