HDFS 2300- Family Identity- Ch. #1 Notes.docx

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HDFS 2300- Family Identity- Ch. #1 Notes.docx

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Family IdentityThree interrelated identity tasks that families must execute:1. Constructingfamily themes2. Socializing family memberswith respect to biological and social issues3. Establishing a satisfactorycongruence of imageswithin the family, personal identities, roles.Family Themes - The elements of the family experience that become organizing principles for family life, including both conscious and unconscious elements as well as intellectual and emotional aspects.Purpose: To provide a framework for meaning, shape identity, define roles.Family themes come from: Family history, ethnic origins, religious beliefs, emotional issues/choiceThemes affect subsequent behaviors: Positive or negative; govern future intentions and actions.Direct the flow of resources: i.e. - Time, energy, and money contributed toward education.Create an emotional climate: The theme of perfection

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