Family as a psychosocial system

Family Systems Medicine 01/1984; 2(4):387-396. DOI: 10.1037/h0091676


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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