Family functioning and behavior is a very important topic to discuss, because through it, the moral “health” of society is determined. The family vital activity refers to its structural models, which help to determine the quality of interrelations between members. In 1974, Salvador Minuchin has developed three assumptions of family behavior nature due to the structural models: parameters of the behavior are created through the social context that includes rules, norms and laws. However, social context can be seen through the same structure that consists of an invisible set of functional rules; there are a lot of different structures, and they function differently. Therefore, some structures are better than others. Clear and strictly defined, family structure makes it functioning effectively, become more adoptable and flexible. I totally agree with the author that the best structured family should have clear hierarchy among its members, defined functions, visible boundaries in communication and no coalitions among family members. This would make family structure more adoptable and raise stress tolerance.
The Intergeneration Models of Family Functioning were developed by Bowen in 1978 and focused on the legacy establishment. This affects individuality development of each family member and the patterns adjustment in family generation. Bowen focuses on the differentiation concept that refers to functioning of individuals within the system. Differentiation level is determined by the development of each member personally and as a holistic system. That reflects in how the family manages the identity tasks, regulates the boundaries and operates with the emotional climate. Families with high level of determination permit each member to express their individuality by keeping the emotional connection with each other. I stick to the author’s opinion that poor determination development of one member can destruct the whole family by creating conflicts that encourage dysfunctional behavior or project unsolved emotions on other members or even develop conflicts with children.
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