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Family Structural Theory and Dysfunctional Families

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How could you use the family structural theory to determine if a family is dysfunctional or not? Provide evidence to support your answer.

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This solution discusses how to determine if a family may be dysfunctional by using the family structural theory.

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Family structural theory was developed by Salvador Minuchin and has three important concepts: Family structure, family subsystems, and boundaries (1).

The family structure is the unseen code by which a family operates and interacts with each other.

The family subsystems are: Spousal, parental, and sibling. These are the interpersonal boundaries and how these family members treat each other.

Boundaries are the unseen walls that ...

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