Dysfunctions of Joint Family:
1. Home for Idlers: Joint family is the home for idlers and drones as the non-earning members do not want to earn their livelihood. When a person can eat comfortably without exerting himself, he is unlikely to indulge in any strenuous activity. Mostly,
in the joint family it happens that some people have to exhaust themselves while the others lead a life of utter lethargy.
2. Hindrance in the Development of Personality: In joint family, there is very little opportunity for the fostering of individual autonomy or self-dependence. The whole environment of the family is not congenial for the growth of the individual because he is bound down by the minutest rules and regulations framed by the head of the family
who looks upon men and women as children even when they attain adulthood.
3. Encourages Litigation: The joint family system encourages litigation, for at the time of partition of common property generally disputes crop up which are not settled without a recourse being taken to law. In case of agricultural families partition leads
to fragmentation of holdings which is harmful from the viewpoint of agricultural progress.
4. Hotbed of quarrels: It is a hotbed of quarrels especially among the female members. Generally, there is hatred and jealousy between the wives of brothers. There is
continuous strife and fighting over the doings of children. There is also the clash of ideas and temperaments on account of which there are constant quarrels between the
elder and young members of the family.
5. Privacy Denied: In a joint family, privacy is not possible to the newlywed. The brides do not get an opportunity to develop their personality. They serve the entire family like slaves. They hardly meet their husbands during the day. The invariable presence of other family members suffocates the bride and she cannot freely talk to her husband.
6. Unfavourable to savings: It is not favourable to large savings. When one has to share one’s income with large family, it is not possible to save much. The property of the family being jointly owned is sometimes allowed to go waste.
7. Uncontrolled Procreation: In the joint family the responsibility for bringing up and educating the children is shared. No individual feels responsibility to control procreation because of the limited income of the family. The offspring of one member
will be treated on the same footing as others. No distinction is made between the statuses of the family members. In this way, no direct benefits occur to an individual
in the joint family by practicing family planning or earning more.