Sandra Warne, M.A., M.F.T.

Continuing Education PCE #15

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1. Rather than attempt to discover the single answer to why something occurred, Family Systems approaches stress: 

A. A primary injunction

B. Resolution of character conflict and intrapsychic strife

C. Circular or reciprocal causality

D. Paradoxical communication

2. Gaining knowledge and drawing conclusions about the world is the definition of: 

A. Paradigms

B. Epistemology

C. Equifinality

D. Feedback

3.  When a child feels obligated to save the parents and their marriage from the threat of destruction by absorbing family pain and carrying symptoms, he is considered to be the: 

A. Scapegoat

B. Triangulated child

C. Object of the family projection process

D. Identified patient

4.  Stress in the spousal subsystem can sometimes be relieved dysfunctionally by the use of a child to diffuse anxiety.  This is known as: 

A. A triangle

B. An artifact of family disequilibrium

C. Non-summativity

D. Rigidity


  5.  A relationship with well-formulated rules in which each partner gives and receives something in return is the concept of: 

A. Executive subsystems

B. Marital quid pro quo

C. Diffuse boundaries

D. Individuation


  6.  The ongoing interactional processes that take place within a family to help insure internal balance is called:

                        A. Redundancy principle

                        B. Feedback

                        C. Calibration

                        D. Homeostasis


  7.  Families are organized and divided into sets of stable relationships that function in certain characteristic ways.  These are referred to as:

                        A. Complementary relationships

B. Undifferentiated relationships

C. Family subsystems

D. Symmetrical relationships

 8.  The most enduring and important subsystems in a family are the:

                        A. Child and parent

B. Marital dyad and siblings

C. Spousal, parental, and sibling

D. Cross-generational

  9. Divisions that differentiate and separate subsystems and clarify family roles are called:

                        A. Family membranes

B. Alignments

C. Boundaries

D. Baselines


10. A family with sets of maladaptive adaptations who seal themselves off from all but necessary exchanges with the outside world run the risk of:

                        A. Entropy

B. Negentropy

C. Dysfunctional calibration

D. Equifinality

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