Textbook - Chapter 13 (Family Beleaguered)

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University of Guelph
Family Relations and Human Development
FRHD 1020
Sarah Murray

Class FRHD1020 Couple and Family RelationshipsProfessorS MurrayTextbookThe Family DynamicA Canadian Perspective Fifth EditionAuthorsMargaret Ward and Marc BelangerPublisherNelsonISBN 9780176502003Chapter 13 The Family BeleagueredWhen Problems ComeLearning ObjectivesTo consider the definition of a problem within the family contextTo describe the response of the family system to problems using the ABCX modelTo examine two problems chronic illness and alcoholism in relation to the familys problemsolving abilityTo look briefly at the part communication plays in problemsolvingMany problems are related to being deviant or differentfamily problems have a social dimensionA social problem exists when a significant number of people believe that a certain condition is in fact a problemWHO DECIDES WHEN A PROBLEM IS A PROBLEMDiffering viewspublic law parent religion schoolMajor concern is possible damage that can happen to children as a result of corporal punishmentHomosexuality seen as a sin crime mental illness thvariation on family living1535 England passed a law making male sodomy a crime20 century homosexuals referred to psychiatristsSelfabuse aka masturbation could produce homosexuality 1967 Trudeau introduced Omnibus Billdecriminalization of homosexual acts performed in private 2005 samesex marriages legal in CanadaA problem is undesirable in some wayBehaviour that causes physical harm to self or others is almost always seen as a problemAboriginals exploited as a resource destroying culture removing land Indigenous peoples were incompetent savagesConflict perspectivepublic consists of many groups that often have competing interestsOne or more groups in society usually have been successful compared with othersThey are often referred to as having vested interests because they have a stake in keeping society as it isThese powerful groups tend to have greatest influence in defining problemsUsually among the wealthiest benefit from current system concerned with costs of problems to society Example child abuse can be costlyvictims financial burden on society repeated medical carelifelong care psychiatric services harm own childrenGatekeepers control access to important people or services In social problems they have expertise in identifying problems and often have authority to label individuals or groups as being the source of problem Gatekeepers can be doctors police judges juries social workersAll work within laws regulations and guidelines that they are responsible for following even if they personally disagree with themThey thus support the power of the dominant groupThe two groups may see a particular situation as containing a problem but may differ as to what the problem isExample homosexuality is bad or sick vs intolerance of societyTHE IMPACT ON FAMILIESSocial definition of a problem can create internal problems for the family Examplecharged by police can impact relationshipsDealing With a New ProblemSome families handle far more than their share of misfortune and still keep a positive outlook others fall apart at the slightest difficulty
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