person and to assess situations specific to an individual. Structural functionalism, ecological theory, and dynamic systems theory can all be used to bring clarity to Tracy and her life. Structural functionalism is an important theory to consider when assessing Tracy’s situation. Tracy’s interacts among several different systems, one being her family. Structural-functionalism has historically been important in the study of families and continues to remain relevant (Kingsburry & Scanzoni, 1993, p.