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Notes 4/6/07 The Family Systems Perspective o The emphasis is on family organizations. Families try to achieve some sort of balance. In alcoholic families, alcoholism is an organizing principle (the pattern of interactions, the family structure, and the roles people play within the family are all organized around the abuse of alcohol). o It’s been discovered that alcohol families have very different interaction patterns and it depends upon whether the drinking member is currently using alcohol (regularly) or they are in a state where alcohol use is unstable. o Family interactions tend to be more rigged in drinking and unstable families than they are in families where there is no alcohol abuse. o According to this perspective, therapy focuses on the interactions of family members rather than the issues and concerns of individual members. o The drinking problem is a problem for the entire family to deal with. They all need to contribute to solving the problem. o
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This note was uploaded on 06/21/2008 for the course SOC 396 taught by Professor Reid during the Spring '08 term at Clemson.

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