Family Systems Concepts
To provide family-oriented medical care it is important for a physician to be able to assess how a family’s functioning plays a part in both the illness and the health of its members. Just as a physician must organize and evaluate the signs of physical illness in order to make an appropriate diagnosis, the same is true when considering the emotional, interactional, and historical processes that take place in a patient and his or her family. To do so without benefit of a conceptual framework for understanding the family can be overwhelming.
KeywordsFamily Therapy Family System Relational Context Family Function Family Stability
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