Family Life Cycle

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Family Life Cycle Connection of theory and therapy Tammy Aime 3064783 Health, Aging and Work of Adulthood Donna Johnson November 25, 2014 Client description: Kay age 55 and Arnold Smith age 59 have been married for 31 years and have two adult children, Brian age 28 who is married to Susan age 25 and have no children, and Jason age 25 who is in a long term relationship with Kim age 24; they also have no children. Both children live away from home and visit the family home on Sundays for family dinner; though Jason has left home in the last year and still asks for financial assistance from time to time. Both Kay and Arnold are still employed with Kay working part time and Arnold working full time. Kay is the primary homemaker and Arnold is quite content having Kay meeting his every need. Upon the leaving of Jason, Kay and Arnold have begun to experience issues with intimacy and communication. They have chosen to seek outside help to deal with these issues as well as personal issues of loneliness and inadequacy. Identification of stage of development: Both Kay and Arnold lay within many family stages that transition back and forth within their cycle. This statement is supported by the two basic concepts within Family Life Cycle theory which looks at the life cycle by way of emotional and intellectual stages that one must go through and the developmental tasks that enhance level of responsibility during these stages. To be successful throughout these cycles, family members need to adapt and change to ensure survival of the family. Each stage presented to the family will come with new challenges and greater responsibilities as well as opportunity to master new skill. When the family masters these skills they are able to move forward to the next cycle. Inability to master these skills may have a negative impact on the family in way of relationship and
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