The Structural Perspective: The Structure Of A Family

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The structural approach gives the practitioner a concrete conceptual map about what should be happening in a family if it is to be functional; it also provides maps about what is awry in the family if it is considered to by dysfunctional (Becvar & Becvar). A concrete conceptual map is a tool for organizing and representing knowledge. The map also helps define the relationship between concepts indicated by a connecting line linking two concepts. I also think that the conceptual map helps determine the structure of the family if the family is roughly dysfunction, or functional. When I viewed my family, the structure of the family seems functional at certain points, where the relationship between the siblings is pretty good, when it is time to …show more content…
The basic structure of a family is when things are organized, consistent, and functional. The structural theory defines three subsystems, which make up for the functional family which is spouse system, parental subsystem, and sibling subsystem. I agree with the sibling subsystem because with my family my parents allowed us to be children and to experiment with peer relationship. Bowen provides the genogram for mapping the relationships in the extended family consistent with his theory, structural theory also provides a method for mapping the structure of the family (Becvar & Becvar). The mapping has a symbol that determines a different structure of the family such as boundaries, relationships, and a connection. The goal is that there must be on effective hierarchical structure, a parental/ executive coalition, to increase the frequency of interaction and move forward clear rather than rigid boundaries, etc. Another goal is to help recognized the general patterns and structures that occur again in a given cultural context. I feel as though most of the goals apply to my family, there is certain coalition that happens between the siblings and parents which make our family structured in a different …show more content…
193). When there is no effective communication, their become behavior problems within the system. There are researchers that focus on the communication approach and how it functions with family therapy. Essential to the focus of this theory/ approach are the redundant patterns of communication and interaction within and between systems (Becvar & Becvar). A redundant pattern of communication and interaction from my understanding seems as though a pattern that is usually characterized by verbosity or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas. The earliest researchers such as Don D. Jackson one of the earliest researchers in the area of communication theory who joined Bateson’s Palo Alto research team in 1954, he also had other researchers which study schizophrenic communication. When the theorists study the schizophrenic communication it helps them understand an overall concept of communication approach. Jackson’s focus on relationships also led to his delineation of the symmetrical and complementary communication patterns originally describe by Bateson (Becvar & Becvar, p. 194). The other researchers are John H.Weakland who is also a member of the Bateson group, which also focus on the observation of human communication in general. Paul

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