Recognizing The Impacts Of Family Of Origin And Strengthening Relationships
Book: Olson, D.H., DeFrain, J., Skogrand, L. (2014). Marriages and Families. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
Compare what you have learned from this week’s reading to patterns within your own family of origin-the family into which you were born.
We know that our families of origin impact our current relationships. With this in mind, think about and address the following questions:
- Discuss the strengths in your family of origin that you would like to bring into your marriage or other intimate relationships, or that you have already brought into these relationships?
- Discuss the problematic issues in your family of origin, while thinking about ways you can avoid bringing them into your marriage or other intimate relationships.
- Discuss how the textbook or other sources address the strengths or problematic issues you describe in your family.
Examples of areas you could discuss are:
- How do members of your family respond to stress?
- What are patterns of communication like?
- How was time spent (ex. together, apart)?
- How are conflicts approached?
- What resources are available or utilized (for example: counseling, community resources, relationships within the community or family, faith perspective)?