Role of the family


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Role of the family

  1. 1. The Role of the Family
  2. 2.  Family: the basic unit of society.  A healthy family freely expresses mutual love and respect.  If members communicate effectively with one another they are providing support and encouragement.  The family helps to develop values, self-confidence, responsible decisions, and work to achieve goals. What Is a Family?
  3. 3.  A healthy family strives to promote the physical, mental/emotional, and social health.  Physical Health: Food, clothing, and shelter—skills needed to live safely in their environment  Mental Health: express thoughts/emotions. Positive self-concepts (view a person has on themselves)  Social Health: Develop a value system, team players/accept differences The Importance of Family
  4. 4.  Your family is more then just the people you live with, extended family—your immediate family and other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Children and teens have rules and responsibilities  These rules and responsibilities help to guide children and teens into adulthood. Dynamics of Family Roles and Responsibilities
  5. 5.  Communication is one of the most important ways to build and maintain healthy family relationships.  Ways you can strengthen your family:  Demonstrate care and love: through words and actions  Show support, especially during difficult times: Minor or traumatic experiences (such as death in the family).  Demonstrate trust: trust one another Strengthening Family Relationships
  6. 6.  Express commitment: willingness to work together and make sacrifices  Be responsible: thinking before you act, avoiding risky behaviors  Spend time together: eating meals together  Respect individuality: Respect for each other, Individual tastes, talents and opinions  Work together to solve problems: Identify and work out problems  Be sensitive to others’ needs: pay attention to how others feel Continued…
  7. 7.  Change is a normal part of life. Some of the changes can be minor and others can be major.  The sudden loss of a job can be a change that could cause financial hardship.  Family change can cause stress whether it be good or bad.  There are various types of changes someone can experience throughout their life. Families and Changes
  8. 8.  Marriage is commitment between two people to share life’s joys, struggles, and challenges. Sometimes those struggles and challenges can cause problems that can not be worked out which result in separation and/or divorce.  Separation is a decision between married individuals to live apart from each other.  Divorce is a legal end to a marriage contract. Changes in the Family
  9. 9. Changes in the Family  Remarriage  The remarriage of a parent can be stressful.  If there are new additions to the family structure it will be important for everyone to adjust to the change.  Death of a Family Member  A death of a family member can be very troubling.  Each person will experience their own feelings of grief.  When dealing with death of a family member it is important to do the following:  1. Focus on happy memories  2. Accept your feelings  3. Join a support group  4. Seek help from a grief counselor
  10. 10.  Changes in family circumstances can cause stress among the family.  1. Moving  2. Financial problems  3. Illness and disability  4. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Changes in Family Circumstances
  11. 11.  Many families experience problems and are able to resolve the conflict. However, there are some families who experience crises that are unhealthy.  Family Violence is not acceptable.  Domestic Violence  Emotional Abuse  Physical Abuse  Sexual Abuse  Spousal Abuse  Child Abuse  Neglect  If a family experiences any form of violence or abuse it is important to seek help immediately. Dealing with Family Crises
  12. 12.  Depending on the circumstance of the family crises depends on what type of help should someone seek.  For example, someone who is experience problems with substance abuse may require medical help.  Crisis Centers are a facility that handles emergencies and provides referrals to an individual needing help.  There are many sources of help for families. Where to seek help?
  13. 13.  Faith Communities  Community Services  Police  Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities  Shelters  Mediation  Family Counseling  Support Groups Sources of Help for Families
  14. 14.  Each family member can do his or her part to keep the family healthy.  1. Cooperate  2. Show appreciation  3. Be a good communicator  4. Offer help  5. Be empathic  6. Work to resolve conflicts  7. Know when to get outside help Maintaining Healthy Families