Family Systems Theory Stepfamilies Family Theories

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Many different theories of family therapy can be used to help stepfamilies. A combination of theories may also be used to help stepfamilies attending therapy. To find the correct theory stepfamilies’ presenting problem would be important to assess. Building solidarity in the family would be an important place to start. Building solidarity can be done through the family systems theory. The family systems theory was introduced by Dr. Murray Bowen. Individuals cannot be understood in isolation from one another, but rather as part of family is what the family systems theory suggests. The family is labeled an emotional unit. The family is treated as a whole not individually. There is an importance in the characteristics of the individuals of …show more content…
Often, children feel a sense of loss from their previous family system. One way to help children overcome the loss of the previous family system is to integrate the child in the new family systems. Golish (2003) found children in strong families had supplementary time with the noncustodial parent on a regular basis. The children were reported to see the noncustodial parent about once every other week. This contact allows for other everyday conversation and activities and prevents the child feeling resentment towards the custodial parent (Golish, 2003). If the biological parents maintain a decent relationship, the family is much more likely to have better positive communication. If the parents have a decent relationship they are able to compare the rules of both households (Golish, 2003). Stress and conflict are also reduced when the custodial parent and noncustodial parent are on good terms. The child also is much less likely to struggle with loyalty …show more content…
Step parents must not try to switch roles between a friend and a parental figure. Role ambiguity can be cleared up. Stepparents need to reach an understanding of their parental roles to clear up or avoid role ambiguity. In order for the family system to work as a whole it is important for all the members to understand their roles. Step families may also need to resolve the issue of vying for resources. This issue is not as easily resolved. According to Golish (2003) strong stepfamilies resolve issues of vying for resources through family meetings, open communication, and compromise. Another solution is a neutral space in the house family members can use to escape. Ideally, the new stepfamily could move into a new house where everyone will have access to their own space (Golish,

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