Family : Family And Family Essay

1411 Words Mar 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Family can mean many things. Whether it’s your closest friends, family, family friends etc. My definition of family is any blood relative or friend that you are very close to, that you protect and support, and that you would do anything for (not all blood relatives are considered in my family depending on my relationship with them or if I have met them before and how close we are). My definition if family applies to my own family very well. I have many family members that I call aunt and uncle, for example, but I do not necessarily consider them as part of the family. I also call some people aunt and uncle, for example my aunt Renee, who is not part of the family but she has been dating my uncle for so long, I consider her my aunt. I also consider my boyfriend as part of my family. Even though we are not married, we have been together for so long and are so close that I consider him a part of my family now.
One of the family theories that applies to my family is the Exchange Theory. As described in Lamanna & Reidman (2014) and lecture noted from Hooper (2016), this theory is for families that like to maximize rewards and minimize costs. It also focuses on the resources that one brings into the relationship. This theory applies to my family in a handful of different ways. As shown in the genogram, on my father’s side, when a family member finds a relationship with good rewards, such as fertility, that reward is not taken for granted. With the reward of fertility there is…

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