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The question of interpersonal communication and how often that needs to be utilized is a good one. If the family only displays communication techniques during conflict communication may not be effective due to the lack of relationship building if the family is not good with communicating their needs prior to the conflict. At this point the family has built up anger, possibly from past events, and when the family finally decides to use communication all the past anger and hurt is brought to the surface as well. This leaves more than one problem to be resolved and can be overwhelming for the family to deal with. Effective communication can break down barriers and possibly prevent conflict from occurring by voicing ones needs and desires so they are understood by the family prior to an argument."The greatest effects of divorce on child adjustment relate to behavioral problems." (Stadelman, 2010, p.93 ) It is important to continually evaluate the families needs and maintain the child and parents are adjusting to the new marriage and family. If
there is concern or barriers to adjustment it needs to be brought up as soon as possible and ways to overcome the barrier need to be discussed amongst the family. "Research has indicated that it is marital conflict rather than the break-up of the family that is primarily responsible for many of the problems seen in children whoseparents separate." (Stadelman, 2010, p.93 ) Parents and kids may have come from ahome where communication was not good and learning to do so may be difficult. How can the parents and or family facilitate good communication? Would therapy be helpful in overcoming poor communication techniques?Stadelmann, S., Perren, S., Groeben, M., & von Klitzing, K. (2010). Parental separation and children's behavioral/emotional problems: the impact of parental representations and family conflict. Family Process, 49(1), 92-108 17p. doi:10.1111/j.1545-5300.2010.01310.xReply| Quote & ReplyNov 04, 2015 12:35 PM0 LikeJudith Isinta 4 postsRe:Topic 4 DQ 1About 75 percent of the 1.2 million Americans who divorce each year eventually remarry. Most have children, …… they find that stepfamily life is more complex thanthey ever imagined. It's life with complicated schedules, squabbling stepsiblings, issues with ex-partners, and new spouses who've never been parents trying out childcare.( Robinson n.d) This leads to a blended family which is a family that includes children from a previous marriage of the wife, husband, or both parents. (Merriam-Webster n.d)Challenges and difficulties dealing with the divorce and now adjusting to a blended family can be hard for both children and spouses trying to find their place and in thenew family. Setting boundaries, values like honesty and responsibility can be a way to start off. Household rules and discussing discipline might also help set the boundaries. If it’s a Christian family praying, worshipping together can also help strengthen the family ties. “A family that prays together, stays together” (unknown)