The family as a psychosocial system.
ABSTRACT Suggests that thinking of the family as a psychosocial system requires a major paradigm shift for the physician. The essential elements of this shift include attention to the relational structure, hierarchical organization, boundary characteristics, and equilibrium maintenance aspects of the family. An example of a 15-yr-old pregnant female is presented to illustrate the legal, economic, cultural, psychosocial, and biological factors that should be considered in family therapy. The family is seen as operating as a whole and in constant interchange with its surroundings. It is self-reproducing in endless and meaningful connection with its own past and future. It is suggested that this perspective is useful to the physician in understanding the family's social and emotional organization. (12 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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ABSTRACT: This article reviews the evidence for the effectiveness of family interventions in the prevention and treatment of physical disorders. Pathways by which families influence physical health and a typology of family interventions are described. Family intervention studies, particularly randomized clinical trials, are reviewed in four clinical areas: family caregiving of elders, childhood chronic illness, spouse involvement in chronic adult illnesses, and health promotion/disease prevention. Implications for family clinicians and recommendations for future research are presented.Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 05/2003; 29(2):263-81. · 1.01 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: While premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has received much attention from researchers and the media, little has been done to document systematically the effect of premenstrual symptomatology on relationships and family functioning. An exploratory study was conducted of the coping responses of men whose partners reported either high or low levels of premenstrual symptomatology. Men in this study used a wide variety and combination of coping responses. Men actively respond to their partners' premenstrual symptomatologies with a variety of coping strategies, some of which may be amenable to nursing intervention.Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing 09/1989; 18(5):405-12. · 1.20 Impact Factor