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CMN102 exam 3

Terms in this set (68)

1) Interdependence

- "Family members are so interrelated that they are dependent on each other for functioning"
- Example #1: Newborn baby depend/rely on parents for everything
- Example #2: Old parents can't take care of themselves and need a caretaker or family for help (stressful)
- Parents meet their kids where they are for their kids to feel a sense of fulfillment

- TEAM HOYT: how parents supported child with a disability. Compete in so many marathons. Paired with different colleges to create this machine that helps kids communicate. Rick and Dick did this 5K race and Rick "never felt more alive"


2) Wholeness

- "A family system is different from the sum of its parts. The parts, or family members, are understood in the context of that whole"
- Analogy: a piece of cake... if you try eating each ingredient it does not taste right but if you put it all together it tastes good
- "You are not meant to be alone"


3) Boundaries

- "Boundaries are whatever separates people from others"

2 types of boundaries

External boundaries:
- boundaries that family keeps from everyone else outside of the family (family secret that they talk about with each other but nobody else)

Internal boundaries:
- have a secret that you keep from mom and dad. Or parents keeping something from kids

- This goes along with family secrets


4) Calibration/ Feedback

- "Calibration is the function of maintaining stability in a family"

- Negative feedback: minimizes change in a family and helps create HOMEOSTASIS (example could be parents not letting kid going to college because they didn't)

- Positive feedback: allows a family to change, grow, create, and innovate. This allows a family system to be MORPHOGENIC


5) Circular causality and Punctuation

- "Circular causality suggests that different people in a family trigger reactions in others simultaneously or sequentially"

- Example (chain of events that go in a square): ---> mom works to a lot ---> dad feels neglected ---> dad yells at mom ---> mom doesn't like being at home --->

- One behavior effect another