Kate Gosselin's Fractured Family: Analysis

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The article “Kate Gosselin’s Fractured Family: Son Collin Has ‘Anger Issues’ and Hannah Ran Away” describes the behavioral challenges Kate, a mother of eight children, is facing with her son Collin and her daughter Hannah. It shares that Collin, who is now twelve years of age, was sent to a treatment center for special needs due to his display of constant misbehavior. Misbehavior such as challenging his mother’s authority and lashing out. His sister, Hannah, who is also twelve years of age, is misbehaving as well. Last year Hannah ran away from home in order to stay with her father; refusing to leave after being there for four days. Collin and Hannah misbehaving is affecting their mother greatly, as she attempts to handle their misbehaviors …show more content…
According to Johnson and Rhodes (2016), this perspective argues adaptation is, “Various processes people use to achieve a better level of fit between themselves and the settings in which they find themselves (p.10).” This being the case, the author is making the point that Collin and Hannah find it difficult to adapt to their mother and father being in separate homes. Although adaptation is a process individuals use in order to achieve a better level of fit between themselves and their environment, there is possibility that the attempts to adapt are not always successful. Kate and her ex-husband made a decision to divorce thinking this was the best decision in order for both of them to find an environment that best satisfies them. With this article, Bacchiocchi is suggesting their decision to divorce may have been a better fit for them, but not their children. Simply because the Ecosystems Perspective also argues that goodness-of-fit is, “The extent to which there is a match between an individual’s or a group’s needs, rights, goals, and capacities and the qualities of their physical and social environments.” That being said, it is clear the separation between Kate and her ex-husband was not a goodness-of-fit in the eyes of their two children. Children often feel their parents should live together. If the parents are not living in the same household, they tend to feel the quality of their family dynamics …show more content…
This perspective argues, “Human behavior is believed to be purposeful and goal-directed,” according to Johnson and Rhodes (2016, p.13). Bacchiocchi employed this perspective by sharing Collin and Hannah’s misbehavior patterns. Sharing these misbehaviors shows how the children are attempting to act in their own best interest. Hannah running away is an attempt for her to fulfil her greatest desire which is to be around her father more often. Collin lashes out and challenges his mother’s behavior in attempt to “punish” her for his parents’ divorce. The behavior displayed by the children is an overall attempt to reunite their parents so things will go back to the way they use to when they were comfortable and happy with the characteristics of their

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