Looking at family dynamics, they play a huge role in a person's health. With there being so many kinds of family dynamics, let's take a look at how each type of dynamic affects different kinds of people. It has been shown that having close relations with your family can decrease the risks of depression and the rate at which someone gets diseases. Some examples of different family dynamics include single-parent households, sibling relationships, only-child families, blended families, the families we choose, and family estrangement. This leads us to the difference between a functional family versus a dysfunctional family. A functional family fosters a safe space for all of the people who are living in that household. A functional family puts rules in place but tries to avoid harsh punishments when possible. In this kind of household, there are usually very positive attitudes which are usually contagious. In a dysfunctional family, there are usually not many boundaries that are set up. There is also conflict between many members of the house in a dysfunctional family.
Psychology Today. (n.d.). Understanding Family Dynamics. Psychology Today. Retrieved June 22, 2023, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/family-dynamics