Family Relations And Social Development

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Family relations and social development are one of the problematic fields to study in psychology as psychologists seek to understand the workings of an individual within the family context (Minuchin, 1985). Other branches of psychology are involved in understanding the various aspects of the family and the individual. For example, developmental psychology to analyse individual’s developmental milestones and difficulties and social psychology to examine the social interactions amongst members. However, these two branches fail to provide a holistic understanding in studying the family as it gives a relative individualistic perspective. The family is an essential component in one’s life, especially for the child. It plays a vital role in the child’s social development and emotional regulation (Morris, Silk, Steinberg, Myers, & Robinson, 2007) through their relationships with their parents (Cripps & Zyromski, 2009). Incidentally, children’s emotional regulation and familial influence are bidirectional processes (Morris et al., 2009), reflecting a reciprocal impact on all family members. As such, it is imperative to use various theoretical perspectives to analyse and understand any family situation instead of using individualistic developmental and interaction perspective. According to Minuchin (1985), six basic principles outline the Family Systems theory. Each principle describes the function in which a family and its subsystems operate and the inextricable relationships

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