• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

KEY FEATURES: • This book has a particular emphasis on working with families across various schooling experiences from early intervention to post high school. • Case studies provide specific examples of children with disabilities and their families and questions for the reader to answer. • Learning Objectives and Chapter Summaries help reinforce key concepts throughout each chapter. • Additional Resources, such as links to readings, websites, and blogs, in each chapter provide students with materials and insights they can use in their classrooms and schools. • The book acts as a useful reference for professionals working with family members.

Family Systems Theory
2 Family systems theory
Sandra Sepulveda-Kozakowski

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“Man survives in groups& An infant’s most basic need is for a mother figure to feed, protect, and teach him.”

—Minuchin (1974, p. 46)

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define family systems theory
  • Define the major principles of family systems theory: subsystems, boundaries, communication, adaptability/flexibility, cohesion, and circular causality
  • Apply principles of family systems theory to working with children with disabilities
  • Discuss the role of culture in applying family systems theory

Given that human infants cannot survive alone, understanding the family is vital. Families, groups of people connected either by biology or emotion, have always existed in cultures all over the world. Whether an individual rejects or remains close to his or her family, one’s health ...

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