Competent Family Theory

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Jenna Mariotti
Modern Family
Literature Review #5
MLA Citation:
Coates, Jacky, and Richard Sullivan. "Achieving Competent Family Practice With Same-Sex Parents: Some Promising Directions." Journal Of GLBT Family Studies 1.2 (2005): 89. Publisher Provided Full Text Searching File. Web. 2 Apr. 2016
Summary:
This article explores the idea that because of the increasing recognition of same sex marriages in different authorities, it is important for family therapists to attain clinical expertise when dealing with same sex families. This paper uses the theoretical framework of competent family therapy practice along with queer theory to discus the different aspects of how a homosexual family functions and how the role delineation between parents.
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Meaning/ Significance: The different in the family dynamics does not come from the internal family make up, but external factors. Although, the foundation of the family can be seen equal, outside forces have a great impact of families, which degrade the same-sex families.
Quotation:
“There is no prototypical structure that can be imposed upon queer families as normal or healthy. Rather, there is a complex body of knowledge … that can be integrated to help understand the specific struggles of queer families in the context of our social environments”
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As seen in the article discussing Europe: “heterosexuality retains considerable normative force where children are concerned: psychoanalytic, cultural and religious discourses combine to buttress to the ‘traditional’ family form,” (Hodson 504) the homosexual family is the outlier. The roles set by the heterosexual families are, standard that are attempted to be followed in same sex families, but because of the dynamics, it is not entirely possible: “it is suggestive that roles are not easily differentiated and that tension may develop if couples expect their roles to be identical” (Coates 107). The tension that may arise within couples trickles down to affecting their children. When the children see that there is this strain in being a family, it can lead them to question, and instead of protecting and standing up for their families, because “when children start going to school, they have to deal with differences in family structures and answer peers’ questions about their family”(Bosisio 6), they will just sit back ad take it in, and let the harassment get to a point that is out of their control. The main way of connecting all of the previous articles is a clear pathway that shows, rather then the internal dynamics of the family; it is moreover the external aspects and how others

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