What Does Evolutionary Theory Predict About Step-Parents?

Evolutionary theory predicts that, on average, the more closely someone is genetically related to us, the better we will treat them (i.e. we will be more inclined to divert resources, energy, etc. to them for their benefit and at a cost to ourselves). For example, the theory predicts an individual will act more selflessly towards …

Emotional Neglect In Childhood Linked To Ecstasy (MDMA) Use

According to research carried out by Ramo et al., (2013), individuals who have experienced childhood emotional neglect, as well as physical neglect and abuse are significantly more likely to become users of ecstasy (MDMA) than those fortunate enough to have experienced relatively stable and loving childhoods. Many users report using ecstasy (MDMA) to reduce feelings …

8 Dysfunctional Roles Within The Dysfunctional Family

Within dysfunctional families, according to various psychologists (e.g. Wegscheider-Cruse and Kellogg), each family member develops a dysfunctional role. The number of roles, and how they are defined, varies somewhat but eight roles, representative of those so far proposed, are as follows: THE ENABLER THE DO-ER THE HERO THE MASCOT THE LOST CHILD / LONER THE …

Factors That Put The Child’s Mental Health At Risk

  The Risk And Resilience Model : According to the Risk And Resilience Model (Pearce, 1993) there exist three categories of factors that put the child’s mental health at risk. These are as follows : Factors relating to the child’s / young person’s environment Factors relating to the child’s / young person’s family Factors relating …

Dysfunctional Families: Types And Effects

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  What Is A Dysfunctional Family? A dysfunctional family is one that has at its core destructive and harmful parenting and a lack of concern for the child. The harmful effects on the child may go completely unacknowledged or be minimized. Often, little or nothing is done to rectify the situation nor to alleviate its …

Did Your Dysfunctional Family Make You The ‘Identified Patient’?

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‘ The person [in the family] who gets diagnosed is part of a wider network of extremely disturbed and disturbing patterns of communication’ R.D. Laing DID YOUR DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY MAKE YOU THE ‘IDENTIFIED PATIENT’?   BATESON PROJECT : It has been theorized (originally in the 1950s as part of the Bateson Project, led by Gregory …

The Dysfunctional Family’s Scapegoat.

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  I went to live with my father and obsessively religious step-mother when I was thirteen, having been thrown out of the house by my disturbed and highly unstable mother. She and my father already had her own biological son living with them. She treated her own son, essentially, as a demi-god, whist viewing me as …