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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY3105
Professor
Jocelyn Wentland
Semester
Fall

Description
Combined family stuff with attachment stuff F AMILY F AMILY  SYSTEMS  APPROACH • Every person in the family has a relationship with someone else o Parents with each other o Parent –child o Siblings • What would create Disequilibrium at home? o Financial situation o Divorces o Death o Illness – changing your ways o Birth of child o Remarriage – step family o Mental health o Moving • Average age of first children is 30 • Midlife crisis: o Life seems pretty good o Not associated with having kids out of control o Parents more stable when children get to adolescence • Empty nest – why are they happy?*  o Can get back to their life o More privacy o Focus on their relationship • Sibling relationships o 5 different types o 1. Caregiver  Older looking after younger  Big spread of ages o 2. Hang out, friends o 3. Conflict, tension, wont share a lot of info – more fighting o 4. Competition, attention from parents – more competition (good exam question) o 5. Not engaging a lot, could be because of bid age spread, not close at all o Can grow out of one into the other o Overlaps • Peer relationships of siblings can tell you a lot of about the family dynamics • Extended family relationships o NA = north America o Teens of divorce close to grandparents cause they step in  Especially mothers family • American teens spend ¼ alone o In their bedroom o Away from family o Social media o Self­reflection, mood management o Moderation – can manage their moods when they come back out Attachment • Most critical during early years o Getting feedback o Is there someone there to take care of me? • Don’t need to really know attachment style for exam, wont need to know types of attachment* • 75% of the time you can predict what their attachment will be before they are born. Why? o Mothers own attachment • Problem with attachment is that often people identify with more than one type o Secure with parents o Insecure with partner • Attachment styles can change, can have different attachments with different people o The overall style you develop tends to stay with you o Stable across the life span o Doesn’t mean just cause you have a secure attachment doesn’t mean you will have that  with everyone • Complexity of siblings
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