Family Systems and Healthy Development
FamilySystems and Healthy Development
Familysystems and healthy development
Familysystem is a primary factor of the societal order that has progressedalongside the variations in the needs, as well as demands of anindividual and or society. These systems are commonly distinguishedby the actions and behaviors of parents, which are critical in themodeling of children’s lifestyles (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).Thus, the paper examines family systems and healthy development, howthey relate, as well as the impacts of unhealthy family systems onchild development.
Inthe current world, families are dynamic, independent regimescharacterized by positive, negative, direct, or indirect influenceupon the development of children. Despite various surrounding eventsplaying a role in an infant’s life, the impact of family structureor system is far-reaching. Based on healthy family context, a kidlearns to respond and associate within a social context, i.e. theybegin to comprehend how others contemplate and reason concerningbehavior and study to deal with the parenting techniques within theirfamily (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). However, under unhealthyfamily systems, children encounter neglect, violence, abuse, andcrime they struggle to be hardy to overcome the traumas. Also,parents play an essential role in child spiritual and religiousdevelopment therefore, family systems without spiritual andreligious modeling feature children with an inadequate spiritualrelationship in their lifestyle. Roehlkepartain, King, Wagener &Benson (2016) noted that the science of religion is that anindividual turn to God in situations of distress for security theword of God becomes the weapon and faith or hope the strength. Hence,good parent’s relationship with God will creates a safe atmospherefor child nurturing and development.
HealthyFamily System and its Determining Factors
Broderick& Blewitt (2015) argued that a healthy family system is that inwhich every member has their wants realized, including safety, love,belonging, survival and self-esteem in addition to growth skills. Inother words, the healthy family system structure incorporates lovesharing for each other, respect one another, children adhering to aset of safeguarding regulations, preserve welfare, and fosterdevelopment of every family member. To be exact, each distinct familydepends on each one to maintain a healthy family balance. Besides, ahappy and healthy family system embraces an open communication andideas because children are stimulated to speak out their needs thus,they portray self-confident to communicate in family issues. Inaddition, children are taught an essential group of values todistinguish right from wrong, and or own boundaries. According toBroderick & Blewitt (2015), healthy family’s prosperity isbanked on various dynamics, for example, external and internal familylimitations, rules, proper roles, and power dispersal among familymembers. Other components comprise of spiritual wellness besidesfamily unity. Roehlkepartain et al. (2016) reasoned that applicableparenting styles similarly play a huge role in discerning a healthyfamily system. For that reason, commanding parentages are loving,emotionally helpful as well as encourage their young ones to beindependent. Broderick & Blewitt (2015) argued that even thoughauthoritative parents are always firm, they reason with theirchildren, provide them with anticipation on their behaviors bymentioning different punishments they may inflict.
Effectsof Unhealthy Family System on Physical (Neural), Emotional,Spiritual, and Social Development
Roehlkepartainet al. (2016) asserted that children from unhealthy family systems(insecure environments) undergo various kinds of mistreatment, forinstance, physical and psychological abuse, as well as neglect. Thesesituations cause a lasting, permanent effect on the growth anddevelopment of a child. In the case of psychological maltreatment,the child is linked with low self-esteem, as well poor performanceand misbehavior in learning institutions. Accordingly, the child,based on psychosocial theory, develops antisocial characteristics (anautism disorder) caused by stress, fear, and terror (Broderick &Blewitt, 2015). Again, children in family systems with minimalconnection to God nurture negative spirituality (lack of holiness)and may engage in such acts as delinquency and substance use at laterstages. In cases where expecting mothers consume alcohol, theembryo’s development, particularly mental, is adversely affected,culminating in mental retardation and inferior learning capabilitiesafter birth (Roehlkepartain et al., 2016).
Keepinga happy and healthy family system is the key to bringing a confident,loving and emotionally fit child. It is the duty of parents to keephealthy family structures by subjecting the child to relevant rules.On the other hand, an unhealthy family subject children to mental orphysical abuse and neglect, affecting the child socially,emotionally, spiritually. However, further study is needed todetermine why and what are the primary causes of unhealthy familysystems and structures among single parents, given that there hasbeen a growing population of this group lately.
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Roehlkepartain,E., King, P., Wagener, L., & Benson, P. (2016). The handbook ofspiritual development in childhood and adolescence. Thousand Oaks,CA: Sage Publishing.
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