Principles of Social Systems Analytical Essay by Nicky

Principles of Social Systems
A detailed analysis of the structure of a functioning family system.
# 146970 | 4,502 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2011 in Psychology (Social) , Psychology (Theory) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues)

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This paper focuses on developing perspectives, comprehension, and understanding of how changes in the family system interacts in the social system and analyzes, synthesizes and compares information from classical literature related to the family as a system. The paper cites Fontaine's statement that system levels are hierarchically organized, providing a heuristics by which development is viewed as a continuum of ongoing interactive processes. The paper also notes that a functioning family system typically provides physical care, provides nurturance, and directs personality development. The paper concludes that systems theory and social systems theory have been vital in providing the theoretical basis for the understanding of the family as a unit, and in understanding the complex interactions that take place among family members, the communication that occurs, and the changes that families progress through over the family's life-cycle. This paper contains illustrative figures.

Systems Theory
Social Systems
Social Theory
Family System & Development Theory
Universal Stages
Important Alternative Stages
Summary and Conclusion
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"This work has reviewed systems theory and especially as it relates to social systems and family systems. Systems theory is used in a manner that is useful in perceiving interactions among members of society or a family that is organized and integrated. These systems are organized in a hierarchical manner and in a continuum of processes that are ongoing and interactive. Real systems including biological systems are open to constant interaction and processing continuously interactions in the context of their immediate environment. These continuous changes result in the system, whether it be a social or family system, developing new properties."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allen, Jo Ann (1991) Understanding Families, Children's Bureau, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Office of Human Development Services, United States Department of Health and Human Services. Online available at:
  • Anderson, Ralph E., Carter, Irl. E. and Lowe, Gary (1999) Human Behavior in the Social Environment: A Social Systems Approach. Aldine Transaction 1999. Google Books. Online available at:
  • Family Developmental Theory (nd) University of Kansas - Department of Psychology. Online available at:
  • Fontaine, Reid Griffith (2005) Applying system Principles to Models of Social Information Processing and Aggressive Behavior in Youth. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 11 (2006) 64-76.
  • Green, R.R. (1991d) General Systems Theory. In R.R. Greene and P.H. Ephross (Eds) Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice p. 236. Hawthorne , NY Aldine de Gruyter.

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