"Family is a group of person's united by lies of marriage, blood or adoption, consulting a single household, interacting and communicating with each other in their respective social roles of husband and wife, mother and father, son and daughter, brother and sister, and creating and maintaining a common culture" (Burgess, 1953, Kaakinen, 2015 p. 5). - The ways families serve their members. The functional aspect of family made up of intimate, interactive, interdependent persons who share goals, values, decisions.
- HOW does the family function
1. reproductive functions [survival, life]
2. socialization functions [resilience, coping, reproduction, socialization of children, stabilization of adults],
3. Affective functions [belonging, love, support],
4. Economic functions [provider, wages]
5. Health Care functions [ ideas on health]
- Family boundaries (open/closed family system)
- Ongoing interaction between family members to accomplish their instrumental and expressive tasks. Process is an important determinant for successful recovery is the ability to help assume healthy family roles.
- WHAT is the family coping process?
- Family Roles (adapting, expectations, associated w/ spouse)
- Roles; House keeper, childcare roles, Sick roles (the person takes active role to treat their illness~see in text p. 26), Provider, Socialization, sexual, therapeutic, recreational, Kindship.
- Role strain, conflict and overload
- Family communication styles (ex volatiles, avoiders etc.)
- Family decision Making (communication & Power/leadership~family flexibility continuum)
- Family rituals and routines (family behaviours)
Linda 43 years old; mother, stay-at-home homemaker. Linda was diagnosed with major depression at age 30
when Katie was 3 months old. After Linda was diagnosed with depression (21), she had a progression of depressive
symptoms. Post partum with son Travis (4). Linda has a serious relapse, feeling a "burden" to her family, she recently took an overdose of Cipralex. Robert, 48 years old; father, software engineer, full-time employed. He reports being continuously tired with caring for his wife and children, as well as working full time. He began counseling sessions with the pastor in their church. Although Robert is employed full time, Linda's illness adds heavily to the financial burden of the family. Robert works for a company that offers family leave, but he would have to take family leave without pay. What is the Family Structure of this family?
1. Characteristics: Shock, strong emotions, denial. Needs: Honesty, support, comfort, help finding resources, crisis intervention.
2. Characteristics: Anger, guilt, resentment, recognition, grief, social, financial, burdens. Needs: Venting feelings, education, self-care, group support, skills training.
3. Characteristics: understanding of situation, improved, acceptance, advocacy. Needs: Assisting other families, restoring balance in life, Relapse recognition, activism.