Family of Origin Paper

The paper must include reflections on 11 of the following points (see break down next to each section heading). Each point should be a complete paragraph (at least 5 sentences) and will be worth 20 points. As always, your paper should be typed, double-spaced, with no more than one-inch margins in APA format including a cover page. Please proofread and spell-check your papers. Grammar and writing quality will be assessed as part of your grade. The formatting will be similar to the practice of family origin paper with the main change being the addition of the Personal Goal section at the end in lieu of a genogram. (you can see the template example here, just make sure to include the Personal Goal section as well: PAPER TEMPALTE ATTACH FOR EXAMPLE ONLY

• Family of origin dynamics (lecture 2 slide; choose 1 to comment on)

  1. Describe the level of differentiation of your family (provide evidence)
  2. Describe any family of origin wounds (if applicable)
  3. Describe the cultural dynamics (ADDRESSING Model)

• Love dynamics/ Marriage/ Divorce (ch 5-7, 14; choose 2 to comment on)

  1. Describe the main way you see love manifested in a couple in your family using Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love
  2. Describe the presence of homogamy, endogamy, exogeny, or heterogamy based relationships in a couple in your family.
  3. Describe any subcultures with norms contrary to exclusivity in a couple in your family (polygamy, polyamory, swinging) if present.
  4. Describe what type of marriage values a couple in your family displays: Institutional, compassionate, individualized.
  5. If applicable, describe divorce issues: barrier to divorce, alternative to marriage taken (divorce versus separation), divorce fallout, children’s responses and impact, custody issues, co-parenting dynamics ( perfect pals, cooperative colleagues, angry associates, fiery foes, parallel parenting)

• Parenting/ Children (ch 8-9; choose 3 to comment on)

  1. When did a couple in your family choose to have children: early, or late?What were some of the consequences of their timing? How did the couple change upon having children?
  2. Describe your sibling relationships? Or if an only child, described how you have related to your parents and extended family.
  3. Describe any issues related to abortion, infertility, or adoption that a couple in your family deals with.
  4. Describe the parenting challenges/difficulties in the family along with positive factors.
  5. Describe the role your mother and father played in your family. Describe whether their role is traditional or otherwise?
  6. Describe the main parenting style used in your family (authoritative, authoritarian, permissive)

• Communication Dynamics (Ch 11; choose 1 to comment on)

  1. Describe the level of cohesion your family displays.
  2. Describe the main way a couple in your family communicates using the Ted Huston and Heidi Mellz classification (warm or friendly; tempestuous or stormy; bland or empty sheet; hostile or distressed).
  3. Describe the main communication styles your family displays (assertive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, passive).
    • Power Dynamics (Ch 12; choose 1 to comment on)
  4. Described the type of power displayed in your family (coercive, reward, expert, informational, referent, legitimate)
  5. Describe issues related to violence if present: their cycle of violence, signs of violence, reasons for violence ( absence of reward power base, attempt to compensate, or attempt to maintain control), what keeps the victim in the violence (fear, gender norms, economic hardship, low self-esteem, low resources), how were the children exposed and impacted, child abuse/ neglect, presence of risk factors for child abuse, sibling violence

• Stress, Crisis and Resilience (Ch 13; choose 2 to comment on)

  1. Described a situation of family stress (can include a happy stressors) or family crisis. Described your family’s resources and the demands put on them.
  2. Describe the stress/crisis in light of one of the theoretical perspectives from the textbook.
  3. Describe whether your family became stressed while in a state of vulnerability or resilience. Describe what vulnerability or resilience factors they possess.
  4. Describe a stage of disorganization and reorganization. Did they reorganize better, worse, or about the same? Describe any aspects of creative adaptation present in your family.
  5. Describe one dysfunctional family rule present in your family.

• Personal Goal (answer all of the prompts of this section)

  1. Describe an area of concern you have about your family. Describe how this problem has impacted your life currently and can impact your life in the future. Describe what role you have in addressing this area of concern and what actors are outside of your control. Finally, what is one small step you could take toward addressing the area of concern.

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