What comes to your mind when you hear phrases such as “a group of persons of common ancestry” or “a social unit usually consisting of one or two parents and their children”? The safest and most sure answer would be the word family, right? One can define the word family in numerous ways but there is no doubt that it is in one’s own family that one can find the immediate support and the love without the added hesitations. Moreover, a family still has a lot to offer.
Currently, when we take a closer to what is happening in our society, we will come face to face with too much negativity. Negativity in the forms of individuals commending crimes and what not. This would lead us to ask on why is this happening. Is this the result of the said slow degeneration of the family?
An individual’s first group of interaction happens in the family. This is the place one acquires the set of values and behaviors important to the individual. These values and behaviors are the tools he will be using in exploring and getting his way through the world. No matter what the individual experiences will be reflected upon his actions on the world. It is safe to say that when one shows negative actions, it is a reflection from the kind of family he owns. The life we are living right now is being brought about by the many changes of family life.
According to the recent statistics, many different psychological disorders have been appearing and causing numerous problems. According to the family systems theories, a family has its own rules that govern their attitudes and behaviors. This is a type of theory that takes a look into the comprehensive system of the family that works for balance maintenance. With this, we can say that one of the most important factors in developing abnormal behavior is the family.
When one is faced with the dilemma of abnormal behavior, how does one solve it? When we take note of the family system theories, the answer lies in the different family programs offered by specialists. Of the many kinds of family programs, one of the very effective is the family systems therapy. Family systems therapy root it’s faith on the idea that a psychological disorder within a member of the family is created by the dysfunctional family system. Thus, its method of treatment is to dispute the present dysfunctional dynamics and the changing of this dysfunctional dynamics to a more adaptive one. The therapist should be responsible to help families reinforce the importance of family values. Reinforcement is just one way of treatment. Reinforcement is by showing approval of the good behaviors being shown by the family member while discouraging negative behaviors. There should always be a participation from the family because family dynamics can constantly support children’s disorder.
Yet, the kind of culture where an individual belongs should be depended upon by the kind of family programs to be used. It is most helpful in a culture where family orientation is highly valued. Examples of countries containing this kind of culture are Native American, Hispanic, African, and Asian American cultures. One should just find something suitable to fit his or her kind of needs.
Family programs are very important in reshaping the family values that is affecting the individual.