Family Structural Theory The family structural theory that was developed by Salvador Munchin d that a person’s behavior and character was influenced by his relation with other people in the family. The nuclear family, according to Salvador, consisted of the father, mother and children. Without either of the parents, the family would be incomplete and, therefore, needed to be completed by an external partner. However, integration of such a family becomes very complicated when there are children. The first step to consider when merging the families is the assimilation and integration of the goals and objectives from the two sides.
These are two different partners who were married before and had lived with different kinds of rules and cultures. The cultural and normative differences of the spouses must be harmonized to become one. The second major factor to be considered is the children. The children have been affected by both eternal stressor and the internal stressor. External stressor is the absence of one parent while internal stressor is the presence of this new parent. It is the duty of the spouse to ensure that the children have adapted to the new condition without going through any difficulty.
The biological parent has to make sure the step parent is respected by his or her children. The step-father or step-mother must also show love to these newly found children. The biological parent must take charge of all major decision-makings on the issues to do with the children. He or she must be the one setting the rules while the step parent only reminds the kids of these rules. However, the theory has it that the children will always take long time to fully adapt.
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