The below assignment has been written by another student. Please read it very carefully and reply to it by providing at least 250 meaningful words, APA format, at least one in-text cite and from at least one academic resource. Textbook-Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The life span: Human development for helping professionals (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. Thanks (Andrea)
The family systems theory is a theory introduced by Dr. Murray Bowen that suggests that individuals cannot be understood in isolation from one another, but rather as a part of their family, as the family is an emotional unit that is very important in society. This theory emerged from General Systems Theory by scholars who found it had many applications to families and other social systems. Any system is defined as a bounded set of interrelated elements exhibiting coherent behavior as a trait. Another definition is an assemblage of objects related to each other by some regular interaction or interdependence (Retrieved from: http://Webster.com). Families are considered systems because they are made up of interrelated elements or objectives, they exhibit coherent behaviors, they have regular interactions, and they are interdependent on one another (Retrieved from: http://web.pdx.edu/cbcm/CFS410U/FamilySystemsTheory.pdf), and because they are interdependent on one another there are two dimensions of parenting: the warmth dimension and the control dimension as stated by the authors of our text, (Broderick & Belwitt, 2015). Children most of the time feels the warm love from their parents while they believe that their parents are always in control within the family. Relationships between family systems and healthy development within a family are very important as viewed by Dr. Lev Vygotsky a Russian developmental psychologist. He believes that the answer is clear and “yes”, the “Chilcotin view of how children learn about the world contrasts with the prevalent view of Western society, which assumes that only by mastering the separate parts of a problem can one fully comprehend it. Ways in different cultures and society approach problems in influence cognitive development” (Feldman, p. 224). Dr. Lev Vygotsky viewed “cognitive development as a result of social interactions in which children learn through guided participation, working with mentors to solve problems. His increasingly influential view focuses on the social aspect of development and learning. He also states, children gradually grow intellectually and begin to function on their own because of the assistance that adult and peer partners provide” (Feldman, p. 224). There are several different factors that can affect the relationship between Family Systems and Healthy Development. These factors can be both internal and external or both negative and positive. Dr. Feldman states, “parenting plays an important part in a family system and healthy development. He states, there are four styles of parenting as follows: (1) Authoritarian parents-parents who are controlling, punitive, rigid, and cold, and whose word is law. They also value strict, unquestioning obedience from their children and do not tolerate expressional of disagreement; (2) Uninvolved parents-parents who show almost no interest in their children and indifferent, ejecting behavior. They are detached emotionally and see their role as no more than feeding, clothing, and providing shelter for the child. In its most extreme form, uninvolved parenting results in neglect, a form of child abuse; (3) Authoritative parent- are firm, setting clear and consistent limits although they tend to be relative strict, like authoritarian parent, they are loving and emotionally supportive. They also try to reason with their children, giving explanations for why they should behave in a particular way, and encouraging their children to be independent and (4) Permissive parents-in contrast, provide lax and inconsistent feedback as in the second alternative. They require little of their children, and they don’t see themselves as holding much responsibility for how their children turn out. They place little or no limits or control on their children’s behavior” (Feldman, p. 253).
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