HDFS 2300 - Models of Family Functioning - Ch. #2 Notes

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HDFS 2300 - Models of Family Functioning - Ch. #2 Notes

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MODELS OF FAMILY FUNCTIONINGThree of the most widely recognized models in the field of family studies are:1. Structural2. Intergenerational3. ContextualStructural Family FunctioningThree Main Assumptions in Structural Model1. Operate within social context that defines behavior parameters.2. Context is organized into a structure.3. Some structures are better than others.What is structure?According toMinuchin(1974), structure refers to:The invisible set of functional demands that organize the way family members interact with one another over time.Two dimensions of structure:1. Composition - the persons that comprise a family.2. Organization - unique set of rules governing the patterns of interaction found within the extended family system.The family's organizational structure encompasses:1. The manner in which family subsystems are organized.2. The hierarchical relationships between family subsystems.3. The clarity of the boundaries within and between subsystems.Minuchin's11 Main Concepts1. Subsystems - a group within a larger system that shares common functions or other commonalities (determined by gender, generation, or interest).2. Hierarchy - clear

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