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”. One can describe the word family in countless 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 question on why is this happening. Is this the product of the said slow degeneration of the family?
An individual’s first group of interaction happens in the family. This is the place one gains 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 mirrored 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 many changes of family life have leaded us to the life we are living right now.
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 comprehensive 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 basis 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 dispute the present dysfunctional dynamics and the altering of this dysfunctional dynamics to a more adaptive one. The therapist should be responsible to help families strengthen the significance of family values. One way of treatment is by reinforcement. 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.