The family affects society in a number of ways including how people socialize, the beliefs people have, communication, lawfulness and economic activities. The family is the basic or smallest unit in every society.
A family affects society by influencing how its members view other people within the society and this ultimately determines how people socialize. The family is also the primary source of beliefs and principles for most members of the society. If families fail to instill discipline in members, the society ultimately suffers since there will be many people who do not respect the rule of law and order.