The Family System And Parenting Issues Case Study

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Posting 2—The Family System and Parenting Issues
Part I: Family functioning is a strong predictor of child outcomes. What are the characteristics of effective families and which of these characteristics do you feel is the most essential contribution to family wellbeing?
Although every family is different, there are certain characteristics that healthy families share. The quality of the relationship is more important than family configuration. A healthy family relationship provides members with the support, encouragement and empathy that they need. The author feels that these four characteristics of effective families are vital for healthy family’s relationships, which are the following: (a) having good communication with each other, (b) committing to the family, (c) spending quality time with each other, and (d) respecting each other ( ).
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Communication is very essential in the family dynamic because a person is comfortable going to his or her family and discussing the hardest of things going on in his or her life. Family members listen to and sincerely care about what the other family members are verbalizing. In healthy families, communication is on a deep enough level that all members are able to share their feelings, experiences, goals, and accomplishments. When feedback and constructive criticism are given, love and affection are made clear by the use of positive words.
The second characteristic of a healthy family’s relationship is committing to each other. In effective families, members hold family as the highest priority and consider the impact on family members before making important decisions ( ). Family members should always be dependable and always there for each other in times of crisis. Therefore, family members do not feel they are on their own or do not have anybody they can count

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