As Iraqi society has become increasingly urbanized, however, the tendency toward nuclear family social organization, as opposed merely to residence, has become more prevalent.
The actual number of persons who make up the household is determined by the family's economic circumstances, pattern of living, and mode of habitation.
The family transmits values and standards of behavior of the society to its members and holds them responsible for each other's conduct.
It traditionally determines occupations and selects marriage partners.
He decides what education his children will receive, what occupations his sons will enter, and, usually in consultation with his wife, whom his children will marry.
These authority patterns also have been greatly weakened in the urban environment and by the shift of more and more responsibilities from the family to larger social institutions, such as the schools.