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ERIC Number: ED407634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 13
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Parental Explanations for Their Child's Psychological Illness.
Habicht, Manuela H.
Individual symptoms of psychological disorders are often related to general familial conflicts; a psychologically conspicuous individual cannot become healthy as long as family life is deeply troubled. To explore this belief, parents' concepts about their children's behavior were examined. Forty-four parents, who were either involved with a family counseling center or a church-affiliated organization, filled out questionnaires. Out of the 32 behavior problems which the participants were asked to consider and rate, 15 were marked as being present by at least 45 percent of the parents. Results indicate that the parents see family problems and tensions between spouses as possible causes for the child's behavior problems. A change in thinking relating to holistic viewpoints appears to have broadened the understanding of problems and has favored system-related thinking. From this point of view, family members are seen as elements of a circle of interaction in which the behavior of one member necessarily influences the behavior of all the others. Therefore, an individual's behavior can no longer be seen one-dimensionally as the cause of the behavior of all others. This change of paradigm from the single cause and effect model to an ecological system thinking model is studied here. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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