Basic principles = Behavior or Learned – Can Change
Dysfunctional families are becoming the rules, not the exception. Why? Using traditional social work, medical or educational theory to justify your thinking, identify words to describe these groups of individuals. These theories stress the management and behavior of whom?
The Individual the emotional personal and temperamental self in need of reform and correction, hence prison, hospitals, clinics, institutions, handouts, and welfare terminology and taxomomies came into being. The society was driven by agricultural and industrial power, in which children were seen as valuable property, contributing to family welfare, and insuring the transmission of the culture to the next generation.
Words to describe the progressive social welfare reform movement: Deviancy / disability / disadvantagement / deprivation/crisis/ emergency placement / foster care / parental blame/ child shame / ego function / unresolved guilt / childhood neuroses/ psychosis / pathology / sickness.
Now, there is a transition from the social deviancy and facing reality cognitive-based, maternal blame welfare model to a social learning and developmental process perspective. The transition is needed because the old medical model doesn’t diagnose or treat the contemporary dysfunctional family in context of current societal facts. This is a society driven by adult-centered needs and wants. Information-processing and commodities, goods and services are what adults want. At the same time there is recognition of children as persons with their own psychological rights. What identifiers could be used to illustrate current family life trends?
Prioritize trends: Women’s lib/ divorce/ blended families single parent heads of households/ women working/ Drugs/ substance abuse/ sex and sexual disease epidemics/ economic depression and recession/ escalation in health costs/ housing shortages/ abortion and prochoice/ global economy/ glasnose/ collaboration/ merger/ transplants/ computers/ artificial intelligence/ pollution/ waste.
Words to describe the social learning and developmental replacement model: Putting control back into lives; Health and wellness/ recovery/ ability/ advantagement/ Adaptation/ plasticity/ coping/ reversibility of negative effects/ potential / economic and social stressors/ reality or rational emotive therapy/ information-processing or control system theory/ culture/ constitution/ ethnicity/ community resources/ open communication.
The terms co-dependency/ Co-addiction/ Out-of-control behavior, as well as compulsive addictive behavior describe current thinking about types of behaviors, types of personality, types of cognitive and social learning