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Dysfunctional Families So Much To Tell You

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Dysfunctional families So Much To Tell You A dysfunctional family is a family in which conflict, misbehaviour and even abuse on the part of individual members of the family occur continually, leading other members to accommodate such actions...Dysfunctional families are most often a result of the alcoholism, substance abuse like drugs, or other addictions of parents, parent's untreated mental illnesses/ defects or personality disorders, or the parents emulating their own dysfunctional parents and dysfunctional family experience. - "Dysfunctional family", Wikipedia This is the fundamental definition of a dysfunctional family. Dysfunctional families are rather common amongst today's society. John Marsden's book, "So Much to Tell You" features a kind of dysfunctional family. "So Much to Tell You" is about a young girl Marina, who keeps a diary of her troubled school year. Marina's parents recently separated and her father who attempted to throw acid at her mother, got Marina's face instead. Her father was put in jail and Marina was left disfigured and emotionally traumatized. The conflicts between Marina's parents were not just any common petty fights, and they bear a great significance dysfunctional family system. "In my ex-family my mother would yell and scream quite a lot and rush upstairs. But my father just went into a brooding quietness, an ugly silence that went on forever and scared me forever." ...read more.


I can see how it's funny and all, but it makes me nervous too, as though there are no rules any more, no order, no structure." This shows how frightened Marina was of chaos, and that she would prefer order. In the diary, she also hinted that the accident with her father might have changed her, as she mentioned, "God, a year or two ago I would have been running across the desks, pouring milk on everyone's heads", implying that she used to have a rather playful personality. Children from dysfunctional families often carry their experiences with them throughout their whole lives. and may develop similar family relationship patterns in the future. Counseling centers are set up to assist in these children's recovery, where groups of people with similar experiences work together with professional counselors. These centers have a range of counseling services to help children or even adult children from dysfunctional families to cope with past experiences of growing up in a dysfunctional family. In cases of traumatized children, psychological treatment is given in the hospital. Marina, a character from "So much to tell you", depicted her experiences in the hospital, "All in all I was in about four different wards in the hospital. But it's the psychiatric one I remember the most vividly, 'cos I was in the longest, of course, but also because it seemed to make the biggest impression; I don't know why. ...read more.


He just went mad because he'd worked so hard to get everything and then she was going to take it all off him and walk away with it, just like that, really cool." This was blatantly the cause of Marina's father's harsh act, the attempt to throw acid at his wife's face. Divorce rates had reportedly rise since the rule of no fault divorce was make, and the statistics of divorce are rather high, as Marina discovered about her dormitory mates while they were discussing about their families, "That's three out of eight in the one Dorm that [have parents that] are split! 3 out of 8!" Dysfunctional families are families with strained relationships and constant fighting. Divorces are usually results of increasing dysfunction of the family system, and have reportedly been rising over the years. As John Marsden had cleverly portrayed in his book "So much to tell you", dysfunctional families can greatly impact children, often causing them to grow up with emotional disorders. Health services such as counseling and group therapy are provided to help children such as Marina, the main character from the book, to cope with their past experiences. Dysfunctional families are alarmingly common in today's society and appear to be increasing each year. Who knows, maybe in the future one day it would be more common to have a dysfunctional family rather than a non-dysfunctional one. ...read more.

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