In today’s society, a dysfunctional family is a concept that is taken lightly, because our society has been desensitized to it, and we have become so numbed by the idea. There are children who suffer greatly because of the families (or parents) who raised them. A dysfunctional family is defined as a family that encounters “problems that tend to be chronic and children [who] do not consistently get their needs met” (Benton). This includes negative, abusive, addicted, and neglectful parents. Individuals who are raised in a dysfunctional family can be impacted psychologically in many ways, such as participating in crimes, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse.
Within this particular counseling setting, the focus is on the interaction of the family members, and involves interventions that affect the entire family system (Henderson, 2016). The goal of this theory is to change the dysfunctional family patterns through a variety of arrangements, from individuals to group interaction. The Systems theory is organized in units made up of different parts, which is a circular, pattern which A causes B and B causes A (Henderson, 2016). Systems Family Theory viewed human nature in a positive perspective, which people are rational and have the ability to make choices (Henderson, 2016). Furthermore, the Family Systems Theory perceives behavior as directly relating to the individual position within the family. There are eight concepts that Bowen believed centered around the Family Systems Theory, many which reflect family boundaries and interactions. These concepts include, relationships between spouses, differentiation of self, triangles, nuclear family emotional system, family projection process, multigenerational transmission process, sibling position, emotional cutoffs, and emotional process in society (Henderson, 2016). Other core concept, determined by other theorist, revolves around centripetal and centrifugal which further describe the relationship styles within the families by looking inward, centripetal, as source of satisfaction; along with, centrifugal, looking outside for satisfaction (Henderson, 2016). In addition, another core concept is family projection process that refers to the transmission that causes symptoms in the child (Henderson, 2016). Many of the concepts described in the Family Systems Theory, are based on the connection, the togetherness, and the conflict that leads to a person holding responsibility within their role within the family.
Whatever the situation or structure of a family system, one thing is for certain, every member of the system affects one another negatively and/or positively, when one loses his or her job, all members are affected as the strain of finances builds or one falls ill, all the members are affected as they will need to help more in the home and with each other. If a member doesn’t support or mesh with their own family system and deviates from the beliefs and boundaries of the system, the system begins to falter and dysfunction creeps in causing breakdowns, breakups, abuse, neglect, emotional or physical cut-offs which in turn can put pressure on outside systems such as police/judicial, lawyers, counsellors/psychologists/psychiatrists, government institutions, healthcare, welfare. (Germov, J., & Poole, M.
Tekitha Heng 589376 Mr. Clark ENG3CO November 12, 2017 Parent-Youth Relationships and Family Dysfunctions In the book Stones by William Bell it is tells a story on prejudice, the supernatural, history, it’s continuous cycle of racism, and labelling. One of the most underlying themes in the novel is Parent-Youth Relationships. Majority of the book touches base on the two main characters; Garnet Havelock and Raphella Skye’s dysfunction within both their families, the main relationships are Garnet & his Mom, Garnet & his Dad, and Raphella and her Mom.
At the same time, families may not recognize the unusual abnormality. When people hear dysfunctional family, they automatically assume the worst. Deranged and psychopaths are a few terms that may come to mind because that is the worlds portrayal of a family who is unstable with unresolved issues. A dysfunctional family can be any family in the world. People who are well known also carry dysfunction in their homes. For instance, Bill Clinton cheated on his wife with an intern while serving as President of the United States which eventually led to his impeachment. Jesse Jackson also cheated on his wife and he paid his mistress not to speak to the media. Other families such as the Kennedy 's and the Jackson’s deal with the same issues the average family deals with. Are these all these families dysfunctional? How can they not be
Everyday numerous families find themselves in positions where their families have gone through some type of turmoil. Transitions throughout the lifecycle are both expected and normal for all individuals and families. It becomes problematic when members of these families cannot communicate effectively and the families become stagnant in their chaos and cannot seem to move forward, in any, manner, to resolve the inappropriate behaviors being exhibited within their family system. This paper will focus on the Jacques family and assess their issues both as a family system and individually to develop an ethical plan to address their issues.
Babies count on their parents to take care of them, feed them, and give them unconditional love. When they become toddlers, they still depend on their families for the things they can't do on their own. Toddlers grow into kindergarteners, who turn into middle schoolers, and before they know it they’re heading to high school. There is such a negative impact on a child if their family is dysfunctional. It impacts the outcome of how the child's social, emotional, and physical health develops. Focusing on how parents infidelity, alcoholism, emotional abuse, and abandonment affects the children in their families will be the importance of this paper.
Families experience stress when they can’t meet the societal Norms of what and how a family should act. These sociological norms are very important to families and the way the function. Most families function by the norms, and standards of other families they see by example. This creates a sense of inclusion in the family and between families. But when these norms aren’t met the family can exhibit stress and other problematic behaviors which lead to alcohol and other substance abuse in the family. The sad part is that most of this behavior becomes acceptable in the family and others family members suffer.
There were no other people besides the family that knew about what was going on, so there was no opportunity for anyone to step in and help. The family kept the secrets of what was going on and it seemed as though they suffered from Family Systems Theory where “it is the family's reaction to an event, or their ability to cope in an emotionally stable manner (Opipari, 2010, pp. 125) that determines how they function. There was no balance, there was no speaking on their emotions, so this limited any option for intervention coming from the or outside their family.