Family Power and Decision Making 🌸

Family Power structure plays a critical role in family health functioning. Power is the ability of an individual to change the behaviour of other family members (Paulon 2020). Within family systems theory, every family member plays a role as part of the functioning family unit. Each family establishes its own roles for family members to play. In positive relationships, there is a positive balance of power. This means both people feel free to be who they are and express their thoughts and feelings because their opinions will be met with respect. Gender stereotypes can influence the balance of power in relationships.

The power structure in my family is complementary power. In my family-power type, healthy families are characterized by parents having a clear family advantage that their children recognize and accept. Although my father brings home the bacon every month, power is mainly shared between my parents. The decision-making in my family is highly dependent on my parents. Although my sister and I are involved in the decision-making, my parents are mainly responsible for making all sorts of bigger decisions in the family but they also take in consideration our opinions also. For example we both sisters are the part of the decisions like purchasing household furniture, to deciding on a holiday destination to the meals we have together.


Paulon, W ( July 2020 ) : Retrieved from Understanding the Family ( Slides of Week 9 )

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