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The paper explains that family systems therapy is concerned with the family unit and how the members function with each other in the multiple systems that exist in order to build their relationships. The paper looks at how Coco and Courtney (1998) state that in family systems theory "families can be characterized on a continuum of differentiation levels" (p. 485) and these levels may include the emotional system, family projection, emotional cutoff, generational systems, sibling systems and societal systems (Coco & Courtney, 1998, p. 485). The paper discusses how the theory then considers that when tensions arise within the family they are generally caused by conflict that exists between two people, which is especially true in the occurrence of marital conflict (Coco & Courtney, 1998, p. 485). The paper describes how the theory calls on the counselor to evaluate where the tensions within the family exist, what factors are contributing to those factors and the most appropriate methods for addressing change in the family.
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Family Systems Theory (2006, December 01) Retrieved March 05, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/family-systems-theory-140373/
"Family Systems Theory" 01 December 2006. Web. 05 March. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/family-systems-theory-140373/>