Case Study: Bronfenner's Theory of Social Ecology

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Bronfrenner’s Theory of Social Ecology
Applied to the Jones family

The Jones family consists of the matriarch, Linda, age 55, her daughter Kallenda, age 32, and her granddaughter Ivory, age 4. At the present time they all reside together in a two-bedroom Section 8 apartment, in an urban poverty stricken neighborhood with a high occurrence of violence. The family was referred for family therapy by Kallenda’s probation officer; Kallenda is currently on probation due to a domestic violence incident with her boyfriend. Subsequently Kallenda was rearrested for Simple Assault due to a physical altercation between her and Linda, that case is pending prosecution until the engagement in therapeutic services. Reportedly Kallenda has a history of pcp abuse, violent outburst, an uncontrollable temper and dramatic mood swings. Kallenda has a lengthy criminal history; she is unemployed and residing with her mother due to being evicted from her previous residence. For the last two months Child Protective Services has been involved with the family due to Linda reporting Kallenda for caring for her child while under the influence of pcp. Linda’s report of the allegations resulted in Kallenda physically attacking her. Kallenda also reports a history of trauma to include verbal abuse and rape, a hatred for her mother, and a sense of loneliness and isolation. Linda reports that Kallenda is a “bad mother” and has always been incorrigible. Given the multigenerational transmission process at play in this family the microsystem of each family member will be examined. The emphasis will be on how Linda and Kallenda’s relationship affect Ivory, how Linda and Ivory’s relationship affect Kallenda and how Kallenda and Ivory’s relationship affect Linda. A noted concern is the potential triangulation that occurs amongst Linda, Kallenda and Ivory; as both adults report that Ivory is often used as a pawn. The goal will be to improve the relationship between Kallenda...
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