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DQ 4-1Using the family structural theory (see the textbook as a model) how can families created following second marriages learn to function as one?According to Edelman and Kudzma, the family structure “refers to family composition, including roles and relationships” [Ede18]. In the book, unfortunately, I was unable to find a definitive answer as to what the “family structural theory” actually is. After a little digging, I found family structural therapy, which was developed by family therapist, Salvador Munichin. According to Ali Miller, this type of therapy is “Based on systems theory, the model’s distinctive features are its emphases on structural change as the main goal of therapy and on the therapist as an active agent in the process of restructuring the family” [Mil11]. Based off Miller’s definition of this type of therapy, the process for to “restructure,” so to speak, after a change such as a new marriage, all members must work together and establish new roles and develop a new composition. This restructuring can include development of boundaries, clear rules, and a hierarchy of power. With these aspects in place and all members follow the structure of the family, the family can be termed “functional,” if the family does not adapt to the changes, rules, boundaries, and hierarchy, the family would be considered “dysfunctional” [Mil11]. From my experience with divorced parents and remarriages, it is a rough road for some families. Depending on the circumstances that lead to the divorce, separation, or any other reason for remarriage,some find it very difficult to adjust. I myself despised my step-father, for personal reasons, and our family suffered from this and we never really worked as “one” any longer. I feel that if my family was able to utilize this Family Structural Therapy, we might have had a chance at becoming “normal” or functional. ReferencesEdelman, C., & Kudzma, E. (2018). Health Promotion Throughout the Life Span, 9th Edition.St. Louis, MO:Elsevier.Miller, A. (2011). Instructor's Manual for Salvador Minuchin on Family Therapy.MIll Valley, CA: Psychotherapy.net.Replies: The first stage of family development begins when adults define themselves as a family regardless of the
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