Week3_Research for the concept in group

Jenny Li - Fri 13 March 2020, 9:22 am

Following characteristics are raised from the well-established consensus [1] which influencing family functioning:

· Parents actively build self-esteem in their children through compliments and demonstrating affection

· Family members actively listen to each other

· Family members argue without wounding each other (i.e. relying on the merits of an argument rather than personal attacks)

· Engage in family activities that all members enjoy

· Parents have time to spend with their children

A healthy language environment and a quality company contribute to a positive family functioning. It is interesting that from the above characteristics, we can see both “compliments and demonstrate” and “ argue” which are opposite but also compatible with each other. The argument is not easy to be controlled compares to compliments, which asks for awareness of the boundary of a positive argument for family members. It is the first point that I want to work on, which can be adapted in my project aims to assist family members in managing and controlling the argument level.

From the study of work-to-family conflict [2], which “boundary theory” suggests a cognitive, physical, and/or behavioral boundaries (“fences”) may exist between individuals’ work and family domains. It proves that without a clear boundary, family members will easy to bring the affections from work to home. It leads to a magnification of the details of despair in family life. It is the second point that I want to include in my project. I want to help users prevent amplifying the negative emotion which brings from work at home.

[1]National Drug Strategy (Australia), Australia, and Department of Health and Ageing, Training frontline workers: young people, alcohol & other drugs. Australia: publisher not identified, 2004.

[2] Z. Chen, G. N. Powell, and J. H. Greenhaus, “Work-to-family conflict, positive spillover, and boundary management: a person-environment fit approach,” Journal of Vocational Behavior, vol. 74, no. 1, pp. 82–93, Feb. 2009, doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2008.10.009.