What comes to your mind when you hear phrases such as “a group of persons of common ancestry” or “a social unit usually consisting of one or two parents and their children”? The safest and most sure answer would be the word family, right? Anyone can describe the word family in numerous ways but there is no doubt that it is in one’s own family that one can find the instant support and the love without the added hesitations. Moreover, a family still has a lot to offer.
Currently, when we take a closer to what is happening in our society, we will come face to face with too much negativity. Negativity in the varieties of individuals commending crimes and what not. This would lead us to ask on why is this occurring. Is this the consequence of the said slow breakdown of the family?
An individual’s first group of interaction happens in the family. This is the place one obtains the set of values and behaviors important to the individual. Once the individual sets to the world, he or she will be using these values and behaviors in getting through his or her way. Whatever the individual experiences will be reflected upon his actions on the world. It is safe to say that when one shows negative actions, it is a reflection from the kind of family he owns. The many changes of family life have leaded us to the life we are living right now.
On another hand, we are aware of the fact that the statistics are high of the many different psychological disorders sprouting and afflicting many different individuals. According to the family systems theories, a family has its own rules that govern their attitudes and behaviors. This is a type of theory that takes a look into the multifaceted system of the family that works for balance maintenance. With this, we can say that one of the most vital factors in developing abnormal behavior is the family.
How does one solve the problem of abnormal behavior? When we take note of the family system theories, the answer lies in the different family programs offered by specialists. Of the different family programs, one of the very helpful is the family systems therapy. Family systems therapy base it’s belief on the idea that a psychological disorder within a member of the family is created by the dysfunctional family system. Thus, its way of treatment is to defy the existing dysfunctional dynamics and the varying of this dysfunctional dynamics to a more adaptive one. The therapist should be responsible to help families reinforce the importance of family values. Reinforcement is just one way of treatment. Reinforcement is by showing approval of the good behaviors being shown by the family member while discouraging negative behaviors. There should always be a participation from the family because family dynamics can always support children’s disorder.
Yet, the kind of culture where an individual belongs should be depended upon by the kind of family programs to be used. It is most helpful in a culture where family orientation is highly valued. Examples of countries containing this kind of culture are Native American, Hispanic, African, and Asian American cultures. One should just find something suitable to fit his or her kind of needs.
Family programs is very helpful in cultures that has high family orientation.