100%(10)10 out of 10 people found this document helpful
This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 2 pages.
When looking at the Cortez family, the family cohesion dimension seems to be low to moderate or very low. Olson (2000) classifies this level of cohesion as being separated ordisengaged. Separate is considered a balance level where as disengaged is unbalanced and seen as problematic for relationships (Olson, 2000). A disengaged cohesion normallyconsist of very little attachment or commitment to other family members. In the case of Paula, she has little to no relationship with her parents, siblings, and her unborn baby father (Plummer, 2013). Paula has a relationship with her ex-husband and her son Miguel but they are living their own lives, so there is not a lot of interaction with them (Plummer, 2013). Paula’s relationships represent personal separateness and independence, which is what Olson (2000) describes as a disengaged relationship. Flexibility looks at the balance of stability versus change in relationships (Olson, 2000). The Cortez family demonstrates a chaotic relationship, which is characterized as erratic or limited leadership within the family dynamics (Olson, 2000). Within a chaotic relationship, decisions are impulsive and not well thought out. Paula demonstrated this