Essay on Family Systems Theory : Family System Theory

1269 Words Jul 31st, 2015 null Page
Family Systems Theory Based off of general systems theory, family systems theory views each family as its own system and family members affect the family system as a whole (Lindstrom et al., 2015). “Families have interrelated elements and structures, interact in patterns, have boundaries and use messages and rules to shape their members” (Morgaine, 2001). As well as interacting within themselves, these family systems interact with many other systems around them. Family systems theory allows one to view the family as a whole, rather than looking at each individual member of the family. This view enables professionals to see family interactions as constantly changing in response to how individual family members interact with each other and with systems outside of the family (Walker, 2012). When one views a family in this context, there is a more holistic view of why certain behaviors are happening within the family system. Family systems theory can be applied to many different types of families and cultures. Walker notes that family systems theory and its “careful systematic assessment of how a family organizes itself in relation to family tasks is particularly appropriate for understanding the uniqueness of any family”(2012). Family systems theory can be applied to non-traditional families such as parenting grandparents or foster families. Within these types of families the unique dynamics among members can be assessed along with the individual behaviors of the members.…

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