Basic Family Therapy, Sixth Edition by Philip Barker, Jeff Chang(auth.)

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The estranged parent of the children may be important in this regard. The rearing system comprises the way the parental couple work together to rear and care for their children. The parents should be agreed on the principles to be used in doing this, and the care provided according to these principles should meet the needs of their children and foster their healthy development. It is the transactions, or the network of relationships, between the parents and the children, and also those between the children, that largely determine how the children develop.

This is a case of linear causality because event A (the onset of rain) is the cause of event B (the umbrella being put up), while event B does not affect event A. Circular causality is the term used for the situation that exists when event B does affect event A. Thus if person A tells another person B to do something, and that person does it, this in turn will affect the behaviour of person A, who, for example, may then be more likely to ask B to perform the task again when the need arises. A slightly more complex example of circular causation is that of a family with a boy who is anxious about going to school.

In such sentences, facts are being communicated by the use of the verbal code. Analogic communication is non-verbal. It is mediated by gesture, body and limb postures, facial expression, tone of voice and the sequence, rhythm and cadence of the words themselves. It also takes in poetry, music, painting and other forms of artistic expression. Other modes of analogic communication are caresses, blows, kisses, hugs and other forms of contact. Also, the ways people dress, use make-up and generally present themselves carry their own analogic messages.

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