Psychology Lesson 7 Notes
Effects of mid-life on parents and adolescence
Family systems approach - An approach to understanding family
functioning that emphasizes how each relationship within the family
influences the family as a whole
Dyadic relationship - A relationship between two persons
Disequilibrium - In the family systems approach, this term is used in
reference to a change that requires adjustments from family members.
Midlife crisis - The popular belief, largely unfounded according to
research, that most people experience a crisis when they reach about age
40, involving intensive reexamination of their lives and perhaps sudden
and dramatic changes if they are dissatisfied.
Caregiver relationship - Between siblings, a relationship in which one
sibling serves parental functions for the other.
Another thing that tends to increase stress levels is that because parents are
done growing and on their way to their midlife while thier children are developing
it tends to create a conflict of interests and increase conflict in the household as a
Describe the impacts of extended family relationships and sibling relationships on
For about 80% of American adolescents, and similar proportions in other
developed countries, the family system also includes relationships with at least
There are five common patterns that can be identified in adolescents’
relationships with their sibling
Caregiver relationship - one sibling serves parental functions for the other.
(most common between an older sister and younger siblings.
Buddy relationship - siblings treat each other as friends, They try to be
like one another, and is enjoy being with each other
Critical relationship - characterized by a high level of conflict against each
other and measure their success against one another.
Causal relationship - the relationship between them is not emotionally
intense, and they may have little to do with one another.
Even though adolescents tend to have more conflicts with siblings than in their
other relationships, conflict with sibling is lover in adolescents that at younger