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Week 2 - FAD 3432 Growth and Development in the Alcoholic...

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FAD 3432 Growth and Development in the Alcoholic Family I. Introduction a. Morphogenesis i. The second major component of the systems model ii. Relates to the family life cycle iii. Most models of the family life cycle are framed by the developmental history of individual members of the family. 1. Ex. Attention is often paid to compositional factors (ages of children) in defining the different stages of the life cycle. 2. This is not how we will approach it in this class. b. Rather than tying family development to the life cycle of individual family members, we propose a family life cycle built around the notion of systemic maturation. i. We pay attention to those observable growth patterns that derive from the unique properties of families as behavioral systems. ii. This approach creates a developmental model of family-unit growth. 1. As opposed to a model that ties family growth and development solely to changes precipitated by individuals within the family. c. There are two types of models i. Structural 1. Developed in family studies. ii. Functional d. The most important question to ask when applying the model to alcoholic families is: in what ways is systemic maturation of families altered by the presence within the family of chronic alcoholism? i. We pay attention to those changes in the customary family life cycle that typically occur when families organize their lives around chronic alcoholism as a core family identity issue. e. Individual growth and development is relatively easy to conceptualize and track. i. People mature physically, cognitively, morality, and ego functioning.
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ii. The different models of development have led to the creation of methods of systematically assessing properties associated with different stages of growth. 1. Ex. Performance tasks that measure whether cognitive stages have been reached. f. How does one mark when families begin and end? i. Marriage only marks the difference between generations. ii. One important growth issue is when a new family is forming an identity unique from the rest. iii. In terms of alcoholism, when does that problem occur? Late in Family 1 or early in Family 2? iv. We must remember that models come from observer-imposed punctuations. II. Change vs. Growth a. Change describes any alteration in the systemic organization of the family. i. Systemic response to any event or process that temporarily disrupts family homeostasis. ii. Externally generated. iii. Ex. Car accident, mental illness iv. Causes family to work to restabilize the internal environment. b. Oscillation is another term used to describe the destabilization-restabilization cycles families experience due to change. i. Best term for describing developmental events in family life. c.
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