City Island Case Analysis

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City Island - Clinical Case Analysis Paper City Island is a movie about the Rizzo family from Bronx, New York and the complixities of their individual lives and how they merge together and are chaotically exposed. In this case analysis I will be using structural therapy to analyze the family’s dynamics and they areas they can improve. How to engage the individuals and whole family in treatment Family Structural therapy is more productive with all members of the family-of-origin present, ideally all would be present in sessions. On viewing the film I can forsee the benefit of joining the family and accommodating to their style of communication. As a family from City Island, a small island in Bronx, New York, the family has a very forward,…show more content…
Depending on how the family was arranged in the room, I may want to rearrange them in order to strengthen some bonds or weaken others. I would want the mother and father together, the little brother in the middle between his parents and his sister, since he seems to be forcing himself away from the family by instigating arguments. This would be a way to try and reconnect them. I would want to assess the parental hierarchy to see if their way of parenting is effective, insufficient, or excessive. Based on the arguments and relationships observed in the film I would say that their parrenting style is insufficient. When parenting styles are insufficient “parents are not able to effectively manage the child’s behavior and often adapt a permissive parenting style” (Gehart pg. 145). An example of the permissive parenting style can be seen at a scene at the dinner table when the mother notes that her youngest son never goes to class. This is someting I would want to ask the family more about. Did they try punishing the youngest son for not going to class? How did the son respond? Also, I would like to observe when the son was sent to his room he was fine with that so called punishment because, as he said in the movie, he had everything he needed in his room. His TV and computer were up there and his family was not. I can see how his room is probably an escape for him. His room is also a place where he can escape to the internet to…show more content…
You can hear throughout the movie how proud the parents are of the daughter that she is going to get a college degree. I would assume that the daughter feels pressure to do good in school because both of her parents did not go to college and now have mediorce jobs as a parole officer and a receptionist. The youngest son and the daughter show the typical brother sister banter which can be normal, but I don’t see much closeness between them. I would want a way for them to become closer. Maybe using a strategy to also bring their other brother into the relationship as well. I would probably focus on a the kids to have them enact a previous argument to restructure the system they are using to better communication and to build an emotional bond. I would start a dialogue and find some sort of commonality to unite that sibling system. After that I think it would be appropriate to challenge the family’s world view of how the siblings relate to them, how they are distant now, but make a statement of how they can be closer and why that would be beneficial. The role between the symptom and the family system seems that the family is ineffectual challenger of the symptom. One example from the movie would be the wife knowing that her husband is doing something in secret while he goes to his so-called poker games. Instead of brining this to her husbands attention and having

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