A family system is a group of individuals that come together to form a family but each individual has their own purpose and role within the family system. The way that a family system operates is very important to the way that the family functions and communicates. A families system may have a direct effect on the healthy development due to their environments, a parents’ level of interaction with the child, and the overall lifestyle that the family lives by. Some researchers have done extensive research on what factors could increase health developments and their focus had been turned toward sibling relationships playing a bigger role in efforts to prevent mental health problems and promote health behaviors because of the larger contexts of sibling relationships and what is known about the influence of siblings and siblings on youth well-being (Feinberg, Solmeyer, & McHale, 2011).
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Unfortunately there is also a “toxic religion” in which a family may promote racism, religious bigotry, materialism, consumerism, individualism, and hedonism (Roehlkepartain, King, Wagener, & Benson, 2006).
An unhealthy family system may affect a family’s ability to cope with everyday life stressors, mental health, parental capabilities, physical growth, education, overall health, social aspects, or cognitive development. Communication is also a major factor in a family system that may affect health development amongst a family structure. If parents are able to effectively communicate to their children then those children will also grow up faced with the same issue and the cycle continues until someone is able to break it. Feldman (2014) discusses the different parenting styles: authoritarian, permissive, authoritative, and uninvolved. Based on each style there will be a different effect on the family system and the relationship between healthy developments. The uninvolved parent is more than likely to create an environment in which their child is going to experience issues in the physical and cognitive development areas while the authoritative parent is setting a loving and emotionally supportive structure for their child to independent (Feldman, 2014).
Families that experience healthy developments are said to be physically and mentally healthier as well as the children generally grow up to be free from conflict, coldness, aggression, or neglect (Roehlkepartain, King, Wagener, & Benson, 2006). There are many topics that can be discussed when attempting to determine the relationship between a family system and healthy development, each topic has its importance but I believe in order to truly lay a strong foundation and structure for your family then you must start with your religion, church and beliefs. As they say “A family that prays together stays together”, For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20 KJV).