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Therapy Week Eight Discussion Questions

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DQ 1

The power differential in families is highly adaptive. What are some risks and benefits associated with this adaptive feature in terms of the parental relationship? In what ways is the power differential in sibling relationships similar to and different from those of the parental dyad?

DQ 2

Individuals in families are often labeled according to their strengths or weaknesses (i.e., the Athletic One, the Smart One, the Troublemaker). What impact do labels have on individuals? In what ways does the family system maintain these labels? What happens to homeostasis when individuals no longer abide by their labels? How might homeostasis be restored?

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Therapy Week Eight Discussion Question
Power Differentials
Question 1:
One benefit implication of power differential in families is that it ensures the normal
functioning of family dynamics. Due to the clearly defined role in the family settings as a result
of power differentials, each person in the dyadic family settings is aware of the various roles,
expectations, and responsibilities (Dunbar, 2017). As a result, power differentials ensure the
seamless flow of activities at the family level since there is minimal role conflict or overlap of
roles among the family members. One risk of power differential at the family level is that it
facilitates the mistreatment of certain family members due to its strict adherence to gender roles
and norms which could facilitate gender discrimination. Due to clearly defined roles, some
family members become overly burdened with familial tasks while others put minimal effort.
Power differentials in siblings’ relationship are similar in structure as to that of parents in
a dyadic relationship. For instance, in a va...

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