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The Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems The Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems is described as an assessment tool that examines families functioning on three different dimensions, Family Cohesion, Flexibility, and Communication (Olson, D. H., 2000). Family cohesion focuses on how well connected family members are to one another. It further outlines the boundaries, emotional bonding, coalitions, space, time, decision-making, friends, recreation, and interests (Olson, D. H., 2000). Flexibility focuses on the structure of the family. Structure includes the roles of each member, the rules of the family system, and leadership. The purpose of flexibility is to understand how the systems balance change versus stability (Olson, D. H., 2000). Communication includes who converses and discusses information with one another. As well as focusing on speaking skills, listening skills, clarity, self-disclosure, respect, regard, and continuity tracking (Olson, D. H., 2000). Assessing the Cortez family Paula is a 43-year-old Latina woman from Colombia who has a 20-year-old son named Miguel (Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. (Eds.)., 2013). Miguel father, David, has been divorced from Paula but they maintain their relationship. Paula has several medical problems that had held her back from fully raising Miguel, and causes her to socially isolate. Due

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