oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - The effect of lifestyle choices on the family : clinical
In contemporary society there are many alternative structures to that which traditionally has been considered to be a family, i.e. a group of people functioning as a single household. <br>In systems theory, a family is considered to be a structure of inter-related parts in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. <br>Any action taken by one member will affect other members and the structure as a whole. <br>Children frequently present with behavioural problems or anxiety secondary to family stress. <br>Individual risk and resilience factors relate to temperament, pre-morbid psychiatric history and psychosocial functioning. <br>The MacMaster model of family functioning defines 6 important areas influencing adjustment: <ul> <li> problem-solving ability</li> <li> communication</li> <li> roles</li> <li> affective responsiveness</li> <li> affective involvement</li> <li> behaviour control</li> </ul>
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