Communication Patterns in Dysfunctional Families

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Dysfunctional Families and Communication Patterns Overall, the family is a crucial unit for a range of reasons, one of which is that it teaches children how to socialize and acquaints children with some form of socialization (Janeja, 2003). Within the family, children generally adopt the communication styles of the father and mother, and tend to mimic the methods of conflict resolution. These communication styles and conflict resolution styles generally follow children into adulthood: "Many people hope that once they leave home, they will leave their family and childhood problems behind. However, many find that they experience similar problems, as well as similar feelings and relationship patterns, long after they have left the family environment"¦.In addition, the families' communication patterns may severely limit the child's expressions of feelings and needs. Children growing up in such families are likely to develop low self esteem and feel that their needs are not important or perhaps should not be taken seriously by others" (Illinois.edu). Dysfunctional families generally prevail with a range of communication patterns, that aside from being incredibly frustrating, can be destructive on the psyche of the child, something that he or she will often carry into adulthood. According to the book Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, these patterns include: a family member making assumptions about actions or expressions, thoughts or feelings without checking to be certain
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