Blood ties and legal ties, networks of persons who live together over periods of time supporting each other, and groups of people who have marriage and kinship to one another.
Two-parent biological family
parents and children who are from the union of the parents.
One parent or one or more children
Blended (step) family
Adoption, remarriage, open-adoption
Refers to a group of relatives in a nearby geographical area
a group of people who are unrelated and consider themselves to be family
couples without children
kids who move out and come back
how close we are: disengaged, separated, connected, enmeshed
how much we can change: rigid, structured, flexible, chaotic
participants are both affecting and being affected by others simultaneously
primary family functions
establishing a pattern of cohesion or separateness and connectedness and establishing a pattern of adaptability/ change
establishing a satisfactory congruence of images, evolving modes of interaction into central family themes, establishing the boundaries of the family's world of experience, managing significant biosocial issues of family life
Refers to the "both/and" qualities of relationships or the need for partners to simultaneously experience independence and connection. Openness-closedness, autonomy-connection, predictability-novelty
Influenced by outside forces. Eg. Neighborhoods, laws, etc.
Assumes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
The family members are dependent upon each other.
Decisions whether to talk about a particular subject or discussion, how to talk about the subject and timing of any discussion
Making adjustments. Eg. Bedtime changing when you're a kid.
Saying hi to someone who ignores you because they're still upset about your previous interaction.