Definition <ul><li>“ Today a family can viewed more broadly as a group of people with a past history, a present reality, and a future expectation of interconnected mutually influencing relationships”.(Galvin, Bylund & Brommel pg6) </li></ul><ul><li>The walkers are a family made up of some blood relatives and some that are not. They make their family their own way. </li></ul>
Family Type <ul><li>The Walker family is very large and can be labeled as a “single parent home or a man or a woman who has lost his or her partner through death divorce or desertion” (Galvin Bylund & Brommel pg9) </li></ul><ul><li>With five children, one main parent and a half sister, the family can also be considered blended and one of the single-parent family contributing to the “rise of single parent or primary parent systems” (Galvin Bylund & Brommel pg13) </li></ul>
Communication Functions <ul><li>Cohesion is the “emotional bonding that family members experience with each other and includes concepts of emotional bonding, boundaries, coalations, time, space, friends, decision-making, interests and recreation.” (pg30) </li></ul><ul><li>The Walker family spends endless time focusing on cohesion, they have family dinners, parties, family cabins, time shopping together and even share a family business. </li></ul>“ Communication provides form and content to a family's life as members engage in family-related functions.”(pg30)
Communication Functions Cont. <ul><li>“ Family flexibility, or adaptability, focuses on how family systems manage stability and change.”(pg32) </li></ul><ul><li>The Walkers adaptability shows very clearly when their maternal father, William Walker, passes away and they discover that he has a child, Rebecca Harper, with another woman, Holly Harper. </li></ul>
Family of Origin <ul><li>“ The family of origin plays a significant role in creating and developing its members' communication patterns” (pg51) </li></ul><ul><li>The communication has been developed through the family of origin from the mother of the family, Nora and brother Saul, down to the five children in this family. </li></ul>
The Systems Perspective <ul><li>Interdependence </li></ul><ul><li>The Walker family is not only extremely closely intertwined within relationships but they also share a large family business, therefor all of the relationships are dependent on one another. </li></ul><ul><li>Wholeness </li></ul><ul><li>The wholeness of the family is most effective when all of the Walker's many members is in one location, working together, like when at their family business Ojai Foods. </li></ul>
Social Constructionism <ul><li>Social Constcructionism proposes that “people make sense of the world by constructing their own model of the social world and how it works, and language is viewed as critical to human society” (pg68) </li></ul><ul><li>The Walker children have made sense of the world and all very different yet similar ways because their views were being shaped by the world that their parents had created for them. </li></ul>
Relational Dialectics <ul><li>The tensions that exist within the family although typically between spouses, are most prevalent between the children and their mother Nora. They all struggle between being independent yet needing the support from their mother as they move in and out of their childhood home. </li></ul>“ Relational dialectic theory asserts that meanings emerge from the struggle of different, often opposing discourses.” pg70
Family Secrets <ul><li>The Walker family holds many toxic secrets. Toxic secrets “poison family relationships; key family issues and stories remain untold and unexplained One of the most important secret is one that isn't told until after the death of William Walker, father of six children one in which he had with a secret woman and never shares with her wife or other five children. This secret effected the family is several negative ways long after the secret keepers' death. </li></ul>
Family Roles <ul><li>Nora Walker: widow of William Walker, mother of Sarah, Kitty, Tommy, Kevin and Justin; home maker. </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah Laurent: daughter of Nora Walker and Nick Brody; mother of Paige and Cooper; President of Ojai Foods and former CEO of Greenotopia; ex-wife to Joe Whedon and wife of Luc Laurent. </li></ul><ul><li>Kitty Walker: daughter of Nora and William Walker, one year younger than Sarah;adoptive mother of Evan; writer and former communication director, television and radio host; widow of Robert McCallister </li></ul><ul><li>Tommy Walker: son of Nora and William Walker, two years younger than Kitty; adoptive father of Elizabeth; former president of Ojai Foods; ex-husband to Julia Ridge and fiancé of Rose. </li></ul><ul><li>Kevin Walker: son of Nora and William Walker, one year younger than Tommy; adoptive father of Olivia; father of Daniel; surrogate father of Elizabeth; pro bono lawyer and former communications director and corporate lawyer; husband of Scotty Wandell. </li></ul><ul><li>Justin Walker: son of Nora and William Walker; ten years younger than Kevin; paramedic, war veteran and former med school student; former alcoholic. </li></ul>
Rituals <ul><li>“ Rituals are not just pleasurable routine events; rather, rituals serve central ongoing maintenance and relational functions. May cluster around occasions such as dinnertime, errands, vacations, or religious celebrations, or rites of passage such as birthdays, graduations, and weddings.” (pg113) </li></ul>Sarah & Luc at their wedding. A weekly Sunday Walker family dinner. Kitty & Robert at their wedding.
Citation <ul><li>Galvin. Bylund. Brommel. 2008. Family Communication Cohesion & Change. Pearson Education.New York. </li></ul>
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