ERIC Number: ED277351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
VHS Movies: Perturbations for Morphogenesis.
Holmes, Danny L.
This paper discusses the concept of a family system in terms of an interactive system of interrelated, interdependent parts and suggests that VHS movies can act as perturbations, i.e., change promoting agents, for certain dysfunctional family systems. Several distinct characteristics of a family system are defined with particular emphasis on morphostasis (stability) and morphogenesis (change). A discussion of how families function points out that, although a family system is constantly striving for stability, if it is challenged, it may respond through change and move into a new accepted state. Designed to promote self-education in the family system, the Family Focus VHS Video Guide is described as an attempt to organize certain movies deemed as potential "prompters" of systematic change; this guide is divided into five macro-topic sections containing movies that illustrate certain system processes, including family development and enrichment, adult personal development, cognitive and social skill development, physical health and hygiene, and family management. Examples of system processes are provided by the appended excerpts from three movies, "On Golden Pond,""Places in the Heart," and "Yentl." (DJR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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