Using "dysfunctional family" to understand family dynamics
March 27, 2014 3:27 PM Subscribe
In reading about codependency I came upon the Wikipedia page for "dysfunctional family.
" Where does this term come from and who uses it?
posted by vincele to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
What I read on Wikipedia helps me, but the references on that Wikipedia page don't really lead anywhere firm. Google was not of much help. So I am wondering what's the deal? Is this a new concept, a problematic one, or a commercial one? Am I being groomed for Scientology? [mild joke at my own expense]
So I'd like to learn how "dysfunctional family" figures in professional practice, and whether there an alternative term I should be looking for.
-- I examined the first 20 or so hits on google in depth.
-- I'm not asking for advice on whether to consult a doctor or therapist.
-- I'm not trying to do therapy on myself.
-- I should also say that 'codependency' has not helped me thus far due not only to my circumstances but also due to the gender norms implied in the definition.
I know that it seems like I am leaving a lot of stuff out. Thank you for reading and answering the question if you can.