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Week 5- Chapter 6 - FAD3432 Chapter 6: Boundary Ambiguity...

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FAD3432 Chapter 6: Boundary Ambiguity I. The Family’s Internal Context a. The internal context is more malleable and therefore of direct interest to professionals who work with distressed families. b. Change in the internal context is more readily under the control of the family members. c. All three dimensions of the family’s internal context are influenced by its particular external context. d. Composed of three dimensions: i. Structural 1. Refers to the family’s boundaries. 2. Can include the family’s idea of family-psychological family. 3. Family resilience is the fluid shifting of ins and outs during the family life course. a. This is ideal for family stress management across the life course. ii. Psychological 1. Denial and ambivalence are examples. iii. Philosophical 1. It comprises the family’s values and belief systems and broadens the multicultural application of the contextual stress model. II. Family Boundary Ambiguity a. Ambiguous loss- when there is ambiguity regarding a family member’s presence or absence in the family system. i. How the family interprets or perceives this situation is called boundary ambiguity. ii. Ambiguous loss is a neutral construct, but when combined with a high degree of boundary ambiguity has been found to have negative consequences in that it predicts depressive behavior, ruminations, and unresolved grief. b. Boundary ambiguity is not knowing who is in and who is out of one’s family.
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i. Incongruence between physical and psychological presence in a family. 1. Physical presence is being bodily present in the home. 2. Psychological presence is cognitive and emotional. a. Being in heart or mind c. From a sociological perspective, in boundary ambiguity the family boundary is no longer maintainable, roles are confused, tasks remain undone, and the structure is immobilized. d. From a psychological perspective, cognition is blocked by the ambiguity, decisions are delayed, and coping and grieving processes are frozen. e. When studying this some focus on the roles and the status of the missing person, while others focus on the meaning (symbols and rituals). f. In the Contextual Family Stress Model, the degree of boundary ambiguity (C) becomes a mediating variable between the ambiguous loss (A) and its outcome of crisis of managing (X). g. There is additional complexity because different generations and genders may perceive boundaries differently. III. Family Boundary Maintenance: The Opposite of Boundary Ambiguity
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