Family Anaysis

Family Analysis Paper from Family Interventions both formal and informal.


      My family shows signs of being a healthy family for the most part with a few exceptions.   The biggest exception is that the individuals are not assigned to particular roles.   This means that our roles as individuals provide organized chaos as we rotate from situation to situation.   These role rotations allow my family to experience both enmeshment and disengagement. An example of this would be when a family member ends a romantic relationship the family tends to become disengaged and experiences differentiation.   However, in the event of a family tragedy the family experiences higher levels of enmeshment and lower levels of differentiation.   However, neither of these ever reached a significant extreme, which in my opinion, allows the family to be highly adaptive and mange high level of anxiety.

            A couple of years ago my father experienced sharp pains throughout his chest and was hospitalized for several days.   The medical staff instructed him not to exert himself, consequently the rest of my immediate family came together to help with my father’s obligations.   The individual who was impacted the most was my mother.   Structurally my mother has to take on roles such as financier and outdoor maintenance, which was normally filled by my father.   Our normally highly differentiated family had to lower that aspect of our family structure in order to compensate and fill in the leadership role of my father.   Although this was a temporary situation (about one month), I believe this situation had little long-term effect on family roles.   However, this situation increased our family’s enmeshment and lowered our differentiation permanently.

Family Roles:

            In bouts of normal family anxiety, the family shows signs of clear and defined roles.   My parents tend to share the roles of family Hero and child Enabler.   I believe that this occurs...