Forum Week 5 | Health Education, Promotion, and Current... Current All Save Link Forum Main Forum Discussion Topic Total Post: 105 Change View Topic 4 DQ 1 System Admin Max Points: 15.0 Using the family structural theory (see the textbook as a model) how can families created following second marriages learn to function as one? Reply Ascending | Descending My Posts | Substantive | Flagged | All Nov 02, 2015 02:02 AM 0 Like Oscar Robleto 6 posts Re:Topic 4 DQ 1 Salvador Munichin (family therapist) created the family structural theory. Its goal is to assist the family in changing its organization or structure in which members and subsystems are clearly differentiated from one another and hierarchically integrated . Each family has unique structures, boundaries, roles, rules, resources, subsystems and goals. Munichin believed a person's behavior is a reflection of interaction and relation with others such as parents, spouse, children and other siblings.(Vetere, 2001). It is estimated that 1 in every 4 kids live with a single parent mother-led families in the United States. Half of them don't get to see his/her father again. Approximately 50 percent of marriages fall into divorce and this figure goes up by 10% in second marriages(Golden & Hopkins, 2003). Research study have shown following key components for family functionality in second marriages: Children equilibrium (stability and consistency) improves during dramatic family changes when child perceives mom is responsive, open and available.
Child is least likely to hold resentful feeling about his/her stepfather when mom has communication with herchild about the stepfather Stepfather must be aware that a stepson might find it easier to accept the presence of a new man in the housethan a stepdaughter Remarried couples must agree in important roles such as parenthood and open communication Avoid open disagreement and arguments in front of the child. Maintain open communication between biological parent and children. Integration of new values and beliefs Set rules and guideline upon what family members agree to accomplish The family structural model provides the opportunity for the entire family to participate in changing dysfunctional individual and family patterns into a more productive family system. It provides appropriate treatment for culturally diverse and dysfunctional family. This theory is appealing for many nurse therapists (Navarre, S. 1998). Reference Vetere, A. (2001). Structural family therapy. Child Psychology and Psychiatry Review, 6 (3), 133- 139. W.E. Golden, R.H. Hopkins: Divorce. Internal Medicine News. 36(17), 2003, 22. R.A. Hatcher, J. Trussell, F.H. Stewart: In Contraceptive technology. 18th ed., 2004, Ardent Media, New York. Jensen, T. M., & Shafer, K. (2013). Stepfamily Functioning and Closeness: Children's Views on Second Marriages and Stepfather Relationships. Social Work , 58 (2), 127-136 10p. doi:sw/swt007 Navarre, S. (1998). Salvador Minuchin's structural family therapy and its application to multicultural family systems. Issues In Mental Health Nursing , 19 (6), 557-570 14p.
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