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The Resilient Family: Family Tasks and Characteristics

Harway and Wexler (1996) proposed four typical family tasks carried out by most families regardless of lifestyle (single-parent led family, co-habilitating heterosexual adults, gay males and lesbian couples, dual-career family, remarried family, and the like). How do these tasks fit with the Walsh's (1996) "challenge" model of family resilience? Or do they? Explain.

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1. Harway and Wexler (1996) proposed four typical family tasks carried out by most families regardless of lifestyle (single-parent led family, co-habilitating heterosexual adults, gay males and lesbian couples, dual-career family, remarried family, and the like). How do these tasks fit with the Walsh's (1996) "challenge" model of family resilience? Or do they? Explain.

Families take different forms, some more traditional (i.e., nuclear family) and others more non-traditional (i.e., single parent-led family, co-habilitating heterosexual adults, gay males and lesbian couples, dual-career family, remarried family, and the likes). Nevertheless, most families even with varied lifestyles seem to carry out typical family tasks.

Harway and Wexler (1996) have categorized these tasks as follows:

· Daily living tasks: obtaining and preparing food; cleaning, repairing, and improving family possessions; childcare and socialization of dependent children; care for the sick and elderly.
· Family leadership functions: giving direction to family ...

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This solution explains the resilient family through characteristics and family tasks as proposed by Harway and Wexler (1996) regardless of lifestyle (single-parent led family, co-habilitating heterosexual adults, gay males and lesbian couples, dual-career family, remarried family, and the like).

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