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Family Life Cycle Stages

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Charlene Rarick-Knauss

on 3 October 2013

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Family Life Cycle Stages

Family Life Cycles:

Begins at childhood into retirement years.
There are different stages through out life.
Stages are part of being an individual in a family system or unit with emphasis on family; trends that are developed over time in a family.
Stages can be good or bad.
Successful stages give smooth flow into the next stage.
Unsuccessful stages can hold a person back from learning good tools to cope in the family system needed to move into the next stage.
Family Life Cycle Stages
Stage 1 - Singles/ Individuals
Stage 2 - Marriage
Stage 3 - Childbearing
Stage 4 - Parenting
Stage 5 - Launching/ Teens
Stage 6 - Middle Years
Stage 7 - Senior Years
Life Cycle:
Is used to describe life events.
Is formulated for both individuals and family.
Describes the intertwining of families and individuals.
Can be influenced by living and dead.
Influences one's life such as: career choices or education.
What is family?
is an interacting set of units, parts, or persons that together make up a whole.
Family should be looked at as a system and be put back together to make it
the family inside the system and outside the system that can influence an individual or family system?
The Griffith Family:
: Alcoholic, immature, carefree, outspoken.
: Housewife, teaches piano lessons, takes care of kids, and has occasional drug use.
: 18 years old, low self-esteem, family treats her poorly.
: 15 years old, overweight, awkward, irresponsible, and has an evil monkey in his closet.
: 1 year old genius, tries to kill his mother, and perhaps is gay.

The U.S. Bureau of the Census (2005) defines a family as "two or more people... related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together in the same housing unit.

Relationships with family members and peers.
Finishing school.
Establishing a mindset of what a family life is like.
Beginning to find oneself and develop own beliefs and ideas. May reject family values and belief.
Emotional changes from relying on family to emotional and financial responsibility to oneself.
Intimate and deeper connections with peers.
Beginning work and financial independence.
Finding a partner/relationship.
Getting married
Learning to live with each other, emotionally and practically.
Sharing responsibility and fitting in new family members.

Stage 3: Childbearing
Providing a positive developmental environment and learning to be a parent.
Realigning family system for new child.
Adjusting to becoming a family or increased family size.
Tasking household chores, children, and finances.
Promoting educational achievement
Fitting in the community of families with school-age children
New focus on marital and career issues and going back to being a couple.
Joint care for older generation.
Stage 4: Parenting/Childrearing
Adjusting to Adult to child relationship in a more mature way.
Child moves in and out of house.
Stage 5: Launching
New system of family and focusing on smooth transition.
Adult to adult relationship with children.
Allowing and helping children to become more independent
Coping with their independence
New marriages with children.
New families combining, Ex: in-laws.
Parents with disabilities and death.
Stage 6: Middle Age
Shifting of generation roles.
Parents more likely to divorce at this time. Parents who stayed together just for the children feel free to move on.
To maintain own interest and functioning as a couple.
Parents may become grandparents at this time.
Parents may have to care for their own parents (grandparents)
Younger generation prepare to take care of us.
Prepare for death of siblings, spouse, peers, and ourselves.
Stage 1: Singles/ Individuals
Stage 2: New Couples/Marriage
Family Therapy.Hisory,Theory, and Practice.5th edition.Text
Video- http://youtu.be/S5rY5f60Ft8.web
All families are different in size, parent's responsibilities (single, divorced, or married), finances, and so on. If a stage is missed one can make it up later on in life. Without the right steps an individual or family can start having issues that can stay around for a long time if not resolved right away. With the right steps an individual and family can grow to be happy and healthy regardless of family size.
Stage 7: Later Life
Grand parenting
Grandparents = distance is biggest factor in amount of involvement
Ask Questions like:
How will you live your life once your family is grown?
What will you do when you don’t have a job to go to every day?
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