Human Development and Family Studies - Family Systems, Chapter 1

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Human Development and Family Studies - Family Systems, Chapter 1

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Family as a SystemOur ideas about families come from four perceptions (Peters, 2000)1. Self2. Other (Public)3. History and Folklore4. Law and PolicyIdeals change over timeBroaden conceptualization of familyFocus on Systems Perspective of FamilyWhen viewed as a system, the family can be defined as:An interdependent group of individuals who:(1) Have a shared sense of history(2) Experience some degree of emotional bonding(3) Devise strategies for meeting the needs of individual family members and the group as a whole. Therefore a family is:Structurally complexComprised of multiple

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