If you take a glance into the dictionary, under the letter “F” and find the word family, you will most likely encounter a meaning similar to this: “a group of individuals living under one roof or one head”. Anyone can define the word family in numerous ways but there is no doubt that it is in one’s own family that one can find the immediate 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 appearances of individuals commending crimes and what not. This would lead us to ask on why is this happening. Is this the result of the said slow collapse of the family?
An individual’s first group of interaction happens in the family. This is the place one acquires 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 imitated 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 life we are living right now is being brought about by the many changes of family life.
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. Every family has its own laws that rules each family members attitudes and behaviors. This is a kind of theory that takes a look into the multifaceted system of the family that works for balance maintenance. With this, we can say that one of the most important 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 effective is the family systems therapy. Family systems therapy root it’s faith on the idea that a psychological disorder within a member of the family is created by the dysfunctional family system. Thus, its means of treatment is to defy the existing dysfunctional dynamics and the altering of this dysfunctional dynamics to a more adaptive one. The therapist should be accountable 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. It is most helpful in a culture where family orientation is highly valued. 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 is very helpful in cultures that has high family orientation.