Unhealthy Family Interactions
Health care professionals define an unhealthy family as one where the relationships among family members are not conducive to emotional and physical health. The majority of families experience stressful situations (death in the family, a child's illness, etc.) that may impair functioning. Healthy families tend to return to normal functioning after a stressful event. Unhealthy families' problems tend to be chronic and children inconsistently get their needs met if at all. Negative patterns of parental behavior tend to be impact the child's life and development in various ways. Children can be impacted into adulthood by one or all of the following behaviors that often result from unhealthy family patterns or dynamics. This material is not meant to blame your parents. Many parents do not realize that their behavior is harmful to their children and may lack the tools to have insight into their behaviors or coping skills to handle their difficulties.