Family Systems And The Family System

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The family system consists of subsystems, known as the group of individuals who contribute various functions to form a complex and unitary whole. To understand the family, we must analyze them whole and not individual. The whole is distinctly diverse from the simple sum of the contributions of individual members. The family system theory is used by social workers as a framework for assessing family relationships to comprehend issues that may arise within the context of family relationships (Collins, et al., 2013). Each family system is characterized by structural rules of relating, that determine how subsystems interact with one another.
My family consist of my immediate family, being my mother and sister. I currently live in a single
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In my family, my mother holds a parental subsystem. Satir stated that parental subsystem is considered the architect of the family (Satir, 1983). Parents have the biggest influence on the child’s development. As head of household, my mother’s role is to provide, nurture, teach, socialize, and support her children and grandchildren. The sibling subsystem consist of my sister and I. In this subsystem, we are teaching each other social interaction and how to relate to others outside of our home environment. Although, my sister and I get into petty arguments, our bond if very close. We are always able to depend on one another and confide personal issues with each other. I formed competence by learning from my sister’s mistakes. Studies have found that siblings’ subsystem is viewed as a peer learning group. Within this system, “siblings relate to each other for mutual support, and for some caretaking and caregiving functions” (Kepner, 1991). A role of the older sibling is to be the leader. As the young sibling, I was more pampered. My sister guided me and took care of my needs. Subsystem is beneficial towards the growth of the family.
Rules within a family system are used to maintain stability. In my family, we have covert rules that are implied, but not overtly stated. Our interactions are organized, by the understanding of rules within our household (Hecker & Wetchler, 2003). In my family, we do not directly state the rules, but we know what
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