Mrs Doubtfire Family Analysis

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Introduction
The term family has a different meaning to everyone, for some, family is just your parents, sisters and brothers. For others it’s the extended family consisting of grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. I chose the movie Mrs. Doubtfire for our Family Assessment assignment because it is a film that symbolizes the position of family in so many different ways from functional to dysfunctional. This movie shows how quickly family dynamics can change. I will be discussing the family’s processes, values, and beliefs portrayed during the movie.
Movie Setting and Story Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 comedy which stars Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) as a kind man and a loving father. The movie
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The Beavers System Model evaluates the relationship between family competence and team effectiveness. Family competence and family style are the two main dimensions of the Beavers Systems Model of Family Functioning. The competence dimension ranges from optimal through adequate, midrange and borderline to severely dysfunctional (Beavers and Hampson 1990). In the movie we see a family where power struggles exist and its members lie because of control and intimidation. Borderline families present with chaotic overt power struggles alternating with ineffective but persistent efforts to establish dominance patterns. This family is neither as dysfunctional as the severely disturbed group nor as effective in establishing control-oriented stability as the mid-range families. A borderline family is where they would lie within the family groups, because there is such a power struggle of dominance between the two. The Beavers System Model is best known for including an observational rating scale of families in terms of their level of competence in six areas (Friedman

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