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Optimal Family Structure & Function Indices

Optimal Family Roles: Roles are repetitive patterns which delineate the structure and maintain the family interaction process. 1.  Clear differentiation exists between the roles of parent, child, and spouse. 2.  Roles may be shared, reversed, or changed, depending on the situation. 3.  New roles can be tried out or old ones modified. 4.  The roles […]

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Family Systems – The Concept

Families go through life cycle stages, the same as individuals go through the stages of the life cycle. When families seek change, it is important for them to think of family life as a “system”. When thought of as a family system, every member of the family is given responsibility for change, without blame or […]

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Triangulation & Scapegoating

Triangulation & Scapegoating: Interactive Concepts Dyad relationships (mother-father) are unstable systems in families that form a triangle (mother-father-child) when under stress. “Triangulation” is a common pattern for all of us. Take for example, two friends, each will turn to a third friend to gain their point of view in a conflict. The question is, when […]

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Family Boundaries (Interactive Concepts)

Boundaries are essentially unwritten rules that define the family interactions, stating who participates and how. For example, can children of the household express their anger to parents? Can a parent form a coalition with a child against the other parent, if so what happens? Can grandparents discipline children when a parent is in the room? […]

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Family Power Structures

Power, simply stated is the ability to influence others. We all know the term, have used it or have had it used on us. In a family system, power within the family is defined according to what members have the power, how they got it, how they maintain it, and at what costs to other […]

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