Given that family is a vital component of the larger social structure, it is perplexing to note the failure of U.S. communities to prepare and support families with skills and resources to promote psychological well-being. Using hermeneutic and heuristic research, this thesis explores issues that beset families from the perspectives of community psychology and family systems, attachment, and Jungian theory in an effort to develop a community-based and preventative approach to strengthening families and their relationship with community. The author examines his clinical practice and personal experiences to understand the impact on the family of a lack of relational skills, attachment issues, psychological differentiation, and individuation, compounded by the lack of accessible psychological supports. The thesis culminates in a proposal for the development of CAFÉ, a program of psychoeducation and enrichment activities to strengthen families and their relationship with community in coping with the pressures of a constantly changing society.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Pastoral Counseling, Social work, Counseling Psychology|
|Keywords:||Attachment, Community development, Familial bonds, Marital satisfaction, Self differentiation|
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