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? One can define the word family in numerous ways but there is no doubt that it is in one’s own family that one can find the immediate 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 forms of individuals committing crimes and what not. This would direct us to inquire on why is this occurring. Is this the product of the said slow disintegration of the family?
The family is the first set of group an individual faces. This is the place one gains 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. No matter what 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. Every family has its own laws that rules each family members 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 effective is the family systems therapy. Family systems therapy basis it’s faith on the idea that a psychological disorder within a member of the family is created by the dysfunctional family system. Thus, its means of treatment is to dispute the existing dysfunctional dynamics and the altering of this dysfunctional dynamics to a more adaptive one. The therapist should be in charge to help families strengthen the significance of family values. One way of treatment is by reinforcement. Reinforcement is by showing approval of the good behaviors being shown by the family member while discouraging negative behaviors. There should always be an involvement from the family because family dynamics can constantly support children’s disorder.
However, family programs can be dependent upon the culture where one belongs. 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 are needed to treat the patients family that will help the patient to recover.