CFT 412 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Conflict Avoidance, Enmeshment, Interpersonal Attraction

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Healthy Loving Relationships
Context
The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement or
idea and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed
Important to understand why someone may be acting a
certain way, as response to an environment
Contribution from outside sources such as the environment, family,
friends or others
Affects how people think about the world around them and
reacts to things
Family Systems
Theory
Ability of a system (family) to balance both stability and change
Open systems are open to growth and change
Closed systems maintain the status quo
Key Relationship Concepts: Flexibility in Family Systems
Ability of a system (family) to balance both stability and change
Four Levels of Family Flexibility
Rigid
Structured
Flexible
Chaotic
Family Development Framework
Views families as they move through various stages
Looks at how families deal with the various developmental
tasks associated with each stage
Assumes the more efficient a family is at completing tasks the better
off it is
Life Cycle Stages
Leaving home: single young adults
Joining of families through partnership and marriage
Families with young children
Families with adolescents
Launching children and moving on
Families in later life
Moving Beyond Tasks & Stages
Human development evolves within context of our social roles
Fundamentally organized and bounded by our position within
the class, gender, racial and cultural structure of our society
Traditional theories of child development have over-focused on
discrete tasks and stages in the evolution of a self
Defined primarily by a child’s level of achievement and
autonomy
LGBTQ
Families and
Adolescence: many of the same individuation tasks, but with less
assistance from the family in rehearsing and planning for gay life
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