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Lecture 5

HDFS 2300 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Body Language


Department
Human Development and Family Studies
Course Code
HDFS 2300
Professor
Louisa Baker
Lecture
5

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Family Rules
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
12:29 PM
System
o How the individuals within a family work together to make up a group
Environment
o Everything surrounding the system (school, work, neighborhood, etc.)
o Places, institutions, groups, etc. that impacts how a family system functions
Subsystems
o Individual parts of the system that can stand alone
o Individual, all males, parents, mom's side of family etc.
Two dimensions of family
o Structure
Composition, organization (wholeness, organizational complexity,
interdependence)
o Tasks
Family-task performing system
Business or responsibilities
All families
Must devise strategies (diversity)
Rules
Tasks defined
o First order tasks (vertical)
Identity
Constructing family themes
Socializing family members about biological and social issues
Congruence of images among family members
Boundary
Establishing and maintaining
Maintenance
Food, clothing, shelter
Emotional climate
Needs for closeness, involvement, conflict management
o Second order tasks (horizontal) (ways that we change and grow over time)
Adaptability, managing system stress
Morphostasis
Power in family life
o Socially constructed ideas of economic growth
Economic dependence and independence
Power shifts
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