Essay on The Impacts of Family Systems on Development of Children

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Healthy Development
Families are all unique. Each family member plays important roles in their family system and each role affects the others in the system as well. Similarly, children are very influenced by their parents’ behaviors. Many times parenting styles, parenting skills and overall family functioning is what encompasses family systems (Kitzman-ulrich et al., 2010). A healthy family is one which is supportive of one another and holds strong positive relationships between the members in the system (Feldman, 2011, p.250). Findings have found that such supportive environments have a positive influence on a child’s social development, such as friendships (Feldman, 2011, p.250) Furthermore, authoritative parenting generally
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Regrettably, childhood trauma can derail development, and cause us to get stuck in a stage of development, which in turn can lead to use of alcohol, drugs, and overeating as a coping strategy (Larkin, 2009). Such trauma can be caused by violence, abuse, and psychological maltreatment. It has been found that such family dysfunction also leads to higher suicide rates and more medical problems (Larkin, 2009). According to the cycle of violence, the abuse that one experiences can predispose them to abuse their own children (Feldman, 2001, p.255). This cycle of violence also goes back to the type of parenting that is used. Uninvolved parents are ones that show no interest in their child’s well-being (Feldman, 2001, p.51). It is almost as if they reject their children. In some circumstances neglect can result in this type of parenting. Many times, uninvolved parenting can disrupt emotional development in children, by leading them to feel unloved (Feldman, 2011, p.152). Another type of parenting which can lead to negative effects is authoritarian parenting. Authoritarian parents are very rigid and strict. They have to be in control at all times and make the rules. They tend to also be withdrawn and not as sociable (Feldman, 2011, p. 251). Children whose parents are authoritarian tend to be dependent on their parents. Lastly, there is the permissive parent, who set no rules
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