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HDFS 2300 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Family Therapy


Department
Human Development and Family Studies
Course Code
HDFS 2300
Professor
Louisa Baker
Lecture
1

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Family Development (8.29)
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
1:33 PM
Family development: the process of family systems changing that is a result of:
o Events that help unfold the fairly predictable and typical processes that make
up the expected family life course
death, illness, moving, having children
normative
o Other events that trigger unpredictable developmental processes
non-normative
divorce, affair, unexpected death, laid off
Focus on
o Change
What is different
o Process
How the change happens
o Big and small changes in families
What is the difference between individual and family development?
o Individual
Individual psychological development (Erikson)
o Family
Systematic or patterned changes of the systems rather than individuals
The way that individuals develop obviously impacts how families interact
Development triggered by
o Internal events
Birth
Death
marriage
o External events
College
Careers
Friendships
Religion
culture
Kinds of changes created by events
o Big and small
o Positive/negative/bittersweet
Ability or inability to cope with events
o Developmental/non-developmental
Predictable and typical on timeline
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