General systems theory: A compelling view of family life

Christina G. Yoshimura, Kathleen M. Galvin

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This chapter addresses systems theory as applied to families and their interaction patterns. Since the 1930s, general systems theory (GST) has influenced a wide range of disciplines, such as medical and health sciences, agriculture, computer and information studies, and the social sciences. Scholars from many applied fields that address family functioning (including psychology, family therapy, and sociology) use and adapt GST to understand interaction patterns within human systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngaging Theories in Family Communication
Subtitle of host publicationMultiple Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781351790680
ISBN (Print)9781138700932
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


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