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What does the concept of family therapy allow the therapist to do?

Intervene in a systematic and organized way.
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What does Structural add?

a recongnition of the overall organization that supports and maintains family interactions.
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Who is the founder of Structural Family Therapy?

Salvadore Minuchin.
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What are the 3 key interlocking constructs of Structural Family Therapy

Family Structure, Subsystems, and Boundaries
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What does Family Structure refer to?

The ways subsystems interact and transact to coordinate family life successfully.
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What areas is the Family Structure concerned with?

- Authority and Power
- Communication
- Interactions > Alliances and coalitions
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How would you describe the patterns that a family establishes to transacts various tasks?

Consistent, repetitive, organized, predictable behaviors.
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How is the family structure reinforced?

Through established rules?
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How is the family structure shaped?

Partly by universal rules/constraints and partly by idiosyncratic rules/constraints.
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What are the components of family systems called?

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Name the 5 subsystems of the family system.

Individual, spousal, parental, sibling, and Extended sub systems.
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What is the purpose of a family subsystem?

To carry out certain family tasks that are necessary for the successful functioning of the family.
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Family subsystems are differentiated based on what?

- generation (granparents/parents/children)
- Gender (male/female)
- Function (who is responsible for what)
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What are invisible boundaries?

Rules that serve to regulate contact with others.
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Name one negative aspect of a Rigid Boundary.

It can restrict contact between family members and subsystems.
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Name a positive aspect of a Rigid Boundary.

It can facilitate the autonomy and freedom - Independence.
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What is a function of a Clear Boundary?

It can clearly define boundaries between subsystems, maintain separateness and emphasize belongingness. They are firm yet flexible.
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Describe a Diffuse Boundary.

I can offer closeness and support at the expense of autonomy, independence and freedom. It can foster enmeshment.
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From a Structural perspective, normal family functioning has to do with what?

With how a family deals with their problems and challenges - how they interact and transact.
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What must newlyweds do to negotiate challenges successfully.

Accommodate to one another and create healthy boundaries and define boundaries between themselves and extended families.
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What 2 functions of interaction do families have?

Reciprocal and complimentary.
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