What comes to your mind when you hear phrases such as “a group of persons of common ancestry” or “a social unit usually consisting of one or two parents and their children”? The safest and most sure answer would be the word family, right? One can describe the word family in countless ways but there is no doubt that it is in one’s own family that one can find the instant support and the love without the added hesitations. Moreover, a family still has a lot to offer.
Currently, when we take a closer to what is happening in our society, we will come face to face with too much negativity. Negativity in the forms of individuals committing crimes and what not. This would direct us to inquire on why is this happening. Is this the outcome of the said slow breakdown of the family?
An individual’s first group of interaction happens in the family. This is the place one gains the set of values and behaviors important to the individual. These values and behaviors are the tools he will be using in exploring and getting his way through the world. Whatever the individual experiences will be reflected upon his actions on the world. It is safe to say that when one shows negative actions, it is a reflection from the kind of family he owns. The many changes of family life have leaded us to the life we are living right now.
On another hand, we are aware of the fact that the statistics are high of the many different psychological disorders sprouting and afflicting many different individuals. According to the family systems theories, a family has its own rules that govern their attitudes and behaviors. This is a type of theory that takes a look into the complex system of the family that works for balance maintenance. With this, we can say that one of the most vital factors in developing abnormal behavior is the family.
How does one solve the problem of abnormal behavior? According to numerous specialists, the answer lies in the different family programs being offered by specialty centers. Of the different family programs, one of the very helpful is the family systems therapy. Family systems therapy basis it’s idea on the idea that a psychological disorder within a member of the family is created by the dysfunctional family system. Thus, its way of treatment is to dispute the existing dysfunctional dynamics and the changing of this dysfunctional dynamics to a more adaptive one. The therapist should be responsible to help families strengthen the importance of family values. Reinforcement is just one way of treatment. Reinforcement is by showing approval of the good behaviors being shown by the family member while discouraging negative behaviors. There should always be an involvement from the family because family dynamics can constantly support children’s disorder.
However, family programs can be dependent upon the culture where one belongs. Family programs is most successful to be used in a culture where there is high family orientation. Examples of countries containing this kind of culture are Native American, Hispanic, African, and Asian American cultures. One should just find something suitable to fit his or her kind of needs.
Family programs are very important in reshaping the family values that is affecting the individual.