Functional vs Dysfunctional in the Family System


  • Valentina-Beatrice Moisă Danubius University of Galati


functional and dysfunctional; disorganized family; intra-family conflict; divorce; addictions


The family with low differentiation between its subsystems demobilizes autonomous
exploration as well as the finding of functional problem-solving resources. Rigidity allows an increased
degree of tolerance regarding the manifestation of the behaviors of its members (aggression, stress),
which does not exceed the rigid border, only the escalating levels will alert the family members. The
dysfunctional family constitutes the family in denial, not recognizing the existence of any problematic
situation and/or they can create problems where they do not exist. The dysfunctional family has a type
of inappropriate hierarchical structure. Family violence is a phenomenon that cannot be neglected due
to its scale. There are situations where the partner is mistreated, sometimes the children too, they lose
the joy, love and understanding of their peers, and their mental health can be affected. Researchers in
the field specify how the spectrum of behaviors indicated as addictive uses five concepts, concepts
whose interrelationship consists of a wide variety of patterns, habits, compulsions, impulse control
disorders and physical dependence. In child-centered issues, it is common for one parent to disagree
with the other, sometimes about the severity of a problem, and other times about essential issues.

Author Biography

Valentina-Beatrice Moisă, Danubius University of Galati

Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist


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How to Cite

Moisă, V.-B. (2022). Functional vs Dysfunctional in the Family System. New Trends in Psychology, 4(2). Retrieved from