BEFORE you complete the reading this week take a few minutes to think about your

BEFORE you complete the reading this week take a few minutes to think about your communication style and how you handle conflict. Make a list of your strengths and areas that need improvement and keep the list close by as you read the readings and work on the discussion questions.
Once you’ve completed the reading, watch this video (uploaded in the additional materials) .
Now, think about your list, what you read this week, and what you learned from the video.
• What is the Bowen Family Systems Theory and how can it be used to address the issues surrounding family stress and conflict? Be sure to use an example related to the video to clarify your position.
• Based on what you learned and read this week, as well as your own experience, please discuss how do gender and culture affect family functioning and communication?
• How do the “agents of socialization” help family members learn to function in their social world and socializes them as it relates to gender.

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