Essay about Circumplex Model of Marriage and Family Therapy

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Circumplex Model of Marriage and Family Therapy Paper
Dindy Williams
APRIL 4, 2011
Sharla Hansen

Circumplex Model of Marriage and Family Therapy Paper
The Circumplex Model of Marriage and Family Systems was developed in an attempt to bridge the gap between research, theory and practice. The model, together with the assessment tools developed to use with it, are specially designed to assess the functionality of families and develop a treatment plan. The hypothesis of the Circumplex Model is that balanced couple and family systems tend to function better than unbalanced systems.
Cohesion, flexibility, and communication are the three dimensions of the Circumplex model. These dimensions were the ones most commonly used out of
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Family members operate independently or do their own thing. There is very little involvement with other family members and there is little or no emotional support. In the enmeshed relationship, the level of cohesion is extremely high. Family members spend all their time together with few outside friends or activities. There is no personal space and members are emotionally dependent on each other.
Balanced levels of cohesion contribute to the functionality of a relationship. In a separated relationship, members spend most of their time away, but there are some family activities. Some interests are shared. The connected relationship has emotional closeness and loyalty. It is more important to be together that apart. There are some separate friends, but more common ones. Balanced levels of cohesion are considered to better for a healthy relationship.
“Flexibility is the amount of change in its role relationship, relationship and leadership roles” (Olsen, D. H., 2000, May). The concepts are leadership, control and discipline, negotiation styles, role relationships, and relationship rules. The focus is on how systems handle stability versus change.
The four levels of flexibility are rigid, structured, flexible, and chaotic. The rigid and chaotic levels are unbalanced; structured and flexible are considered balanced. In the structured relationship the decisions are made democratically, with little involvement of the children. There

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