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AHSC 270
Intervention into Human Systems Jan 1/Jan 7
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01/09/2012

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What is a system?
Definition

 

A system is an entity that maintains its existence & functions as a whole through the interaction of its parts

 

Term
True or false, in a system the arragement of the pieces is crucial
Definition
True
Term
In a system if you change the structure the __________ changes
Definition
Behaviour
Term
What is a human system?
Definition

 

Is a complex set of human relationships interacting in many ways

 

Term
A human system is a living system and.......
Definition
...all living systems (work groups, families, sports teams) have system elements
Term
Define and give an example for family system element: Interdependent Components
Definition

People in the system, their roles and their functions

 

Example of people: parents, grandparents and newborns

Example of roles: Wager earner, Nurturer, problem child initiator, scapegoat

Term
Define and give an example for family system element: Inputs and outputs
Definition

Information that flows into the system and the products or energy of that information returned to the suprasystem.

 

Examples of Inputs: Newspapers, radio broadcasts, phone calls.

 

Examples of Outputs: Work, volunteering, money to charity, attendance at church services, support for friends and family.

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Define and give an example for family system element: Boundries and hierarchies
Definition

Dividing lines, Individiual differences, core ideas

 

Examples: Marital dyad, subsystem, sibiling subsystem, nuclear subsystem, extended family supra system, community suprasystem, world suprasystem

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Define and give an example for family system element: Rules for Operation
Definition

Guildines in the system

 

Examples: Parents make the rules, when a parent has been drinking the rest of the family compensates, children solve conflicts with physical force between each other but never with parents or people outside the system

Term
Define and give an example for family system element: System Goals
Definition

Desired outcomes of the system

 

Examples: Prosperity for family members, happiness, social recognition, promotion of self-worth among familiy members, maintenance of an unhappy marriage, support for a parents alcohol dependency

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Define and give an example for family system element: Feedback mechanisms
Definition

Devices that indicate if the system is moving towards its goals.

 

Examples: Cheerful participation in events may indicate movement toward a goal of happiness. Chores left undone may indicate mevement away from family harmony. Confilct between spouses may indicate movement away from self worth goals.

Term
Inputs and outputs are the ________ that moves in and out of the system
Definition
matter
Term
What are the 3 approaches to the family systems theory
Definition

The interactional view

The structural view

The constructionist view

Term
Define the interactional view as an approach to the family systems theory
Definition

 

—Analyzes how patterns of interaction define relationships within family system

 

—Emphasis is on the relationship defining aspects rather than the content of the messages

 

 

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Define the structural view as an approach to the family systems theory
Definition

 

Focuses on social organization and the roles of each member within the family system

 

Term

 

Define the constructionist view as an approach to the family systems theory

Definition

Focuses on meaning-making processes in the family.

Focuses on how does the family construct its particualr social reality.

Term
Define "meaning-making process"
Definition

 

—Meaning-making processes = how do they make sense of the world/their surroundings/the situation

 

Term

The more complex a system becomes the ______

likely it will adapt to change.

Definition
less
Term
What is an open system?
Definition
A system that continuously interacts with its environment
Term
What is a closed system?
Definition
A system which is isolated from its surronding environment.
Term
Systems are _______ ever completely open or closed to all influences
Definition
Rarely
Term
A system is ________ if you add or subtract a part
Definition
changed
Term
Systems thinking is important because?
Definition
Each of us is a system living in a world of systems
Term

There is a limit to how big a man made system can grow?

 

true or false

Definition
True
Term

A jigsaw puzzle and a chess game.

 

Which is the example of detail complexity and which is the example of dynamic complexity.

Definition
Jigsaw puzzle is detail complexity and the chess game is dynamic complexity.
Term
You can not have stability without _______.
Definition
resistance
Term
What is the principle of leverage?
Definition
Systems can change if the right combination of actions is found. Change can be relatively easy if the right connections are identified.
Term
Discontinous system behaviour is what? Give an example
Definition

Discontinous system behavoiur is when something wierd happens given the right special set of circumstances.

 

Example would be a computer crashing when 2 certain programs are run together

Term

When you are dealing with a system you can ______ just do one thing.

 

Expect ________ ______

Definition

never

 

side effects