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Understanding Families

Understanding a young person's family history and their patterns of interaction may help you to identify ways that family communication can be improved. Workers may also be helped to identify strategies that the young person can use to cope with family relationship difficulties more robustly and calmly.

Impact of Family Issues on Adolescents

Many factors impact on young people's health and wellbeing including attachment experiences, family structure and relationship patterns, structural factors, traumatic events and genetic factors. This help sheet identifies some family experiences that may impact on young people's behaviour and functioning.
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Family Dynamics

Family dynamics often have a strong influence on the way young people see themselves, others and the world, and influence their relationships, behaviours and their wellbeing. Exploring family dynamics with a young person may help workers pinpoint and respond to the driving forces behind a young person's current needs.
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Simple Guide to Genograms

A genogram or family tree is a useful tool to gather information about a young person's family. This visual representation of a family can help workers identify patterns or themes within families that may be influencing or driving the young person's current behaviour.
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Family Development and Transition Points

A family life span or cycle includes a number of transition points, which may interact with a young person's developmental trajectory. De-idealisation of parents occurs during adolescence, which may lead to conflict. Workers can offer help for families by sharing their understanding of adolescent development.
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Role of Family in Adolescent Development

During adolescence, it's normal for young people to begin to think for themselves and question aspects of their lives and of family relationships. Parents will benefit from being supported to understand the role of rebellion in young people's development.
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"Sometimes I feel so responsible for Travis' problems. He had to grow up quickly when his dad left."
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