The advantages of a joint family are more than one can count.It is the best pattern of living that is most conducive to the growth.It is based on a principle of equitable economy. It holds it as a rule of creation that all men are not equal. Naturally it imposes a kind of unwritten discipline that those who are more able economically shall share some of the burden of those who are not.In marriages also the grooms for marriageable girls become a concern for all the elders in the family. Even if a daughter of a junior brother is selected by someone because of her beauty or brilliance, he would not agree to her marriage until her senior cousin sister is married.The basic necessities of all the family members are taken care of. Each member is guaranteed the minimum subsistence for li
But it has disadvantages too.It often creates parasites who love to feed on other’s income. They exploit the goodness and principled behaviour of its partners.Sometimes some crooked member of the family plot to torture and exploit another innocent member of the family.High earning members often insults the low earning members.The cost of education has gone up high. The high earning members often want their children to study in costly schools but they don’t want to share the burden of the children of the other members of the family.In large families, most of important decisions are made by the head of the family. Since, all the individuals within the family doesn’t get the opportunity to participate in major decisions of the family, they often feel lost or develop a feeling of inferiority complex.