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Topic #4 Class #2DQ#1Using the family structural theory how can families created following second marriages learn to function as one? The family structural theory created by psychotherapist Salvador Minuchin looks at the family as a wholewith sets of subsystems and boundaries. In his theory he looks at the problems within the family as a whole and any problem is a result of miscommunication within these subsystems along with unclear boundaries. It is presumed that when a family is unable to function in a healthy way it is because the family structure is unable to adapt to the transformations that may be happening within the family dynamics (Issitt, 2013). Many times with second marriages you have children that come along from each of the previous unions. With these children come previous rules, values and beliefs that may or may have not been established during the first marriage. Figuring out how to merge the two families and develop a new healthy functioning family is imperative and can determine how successful the future family dynamics will be. Using the family structural theory to help two families function as one can be helpful by insuring all involved children know that there is a head of household and there are clear cut defined roles and rules that need to be understood in order for the families to function together and get along. Lines of communication between family members should always be encouraged so that they may constantly continue to grow and develop as one family. Problems arising within the blended family is a given, but being able to focus on the assets that the family brings can also help with developing better relationshipswith each other. I think by creating another subsystem of ex-spouses into the family dynamics helps the children not to feel as though they are losing a family member, but instead gaining a whole new set of family members. Issitt, M. (2013). Structural family therapy (SFT). Salem Press EncyclopediaDQ#2Which theoretical perspective, that guides the nursing process with assessment of the family, do you findto be the most helpful and effective? Why is this theory more appealing to you than the others?
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