Analysis Of Understanding Family Resilience By Joan Patterson

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Family is the fundamental group of people that hones each individual into a social being and trains each person into a being that complies with various changes that may occur in one’s life. It aids in developing a person’s skills and attitude in relating to other people. If not for the family, growing and developing one’s self is a difficult and an almost impossible task to accomplish. In the article by Joan Patterson, known as Understanding Family Resilience, it had highlighted various information and explanations of how a family responds and should opt to act during times of adversity, or also known as family resilience. It is defined by McCubin, H and McCubin, M. as “characteristics, dimensions, and properties which help families to be resistant to disruption in the face of change and adaptive in the face of crisis situations.” Since change occurs on a daily basis and is entirely inevitable, the trait of a family to be flexible in adjusting is necessary. Events that may trigger changes are various crises and challenges or internal and external forces. Such occurrences that arise and are experienced by the family may draw most families to become hopeless and disoriented. In Patterson’s work, a clear explanation and citation of various instances to prove that such misfortunate events that could lead to the disorganization of a family can be avoided and be used as an opportunity to further strengthen the relationship founded in the family.
“Family stress theory emphasizes the active processes families engage in to balance family demands with family capabilities as these interact with family meanings to arrive at a level of family adjustment or adaptation” (Patterson, 1988, 1989, 1993). In order for a family to be resilient, it is necessary for them to be able to equate the daily hassles, strains and stressors to the resources and coping behaviors which would only be feasible depending on how the family views the dilemmas they are encountering. This is similar to Walsh’s three processes in order to strengthen family resilience: Family Belief System, Organizational Pattern, and Communication or Problem-Solving Processes.
The Family Belief System is the manner of the family in viewing the crisis they are experiencing and how the family members interpret and treat those sufferings. It is also using the event as an opportunity for the family to engage in spiritual practices like praying, attending mass, and other means to enhance their religious relationships or connections. The second step which is the Organizational Pattern is implementing action and starting on the change and development the family aims to accomplish. It is also supporting each family member in their decisions that would affect the state of the family and also support coming from the community. The last step in Walsh’s three processes is the Communication or Problem-Solving Processes which is giving solutions that may be feasible coming from the members and non- members of the...

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