According to the family systems theory, which of the following best describes the process of differentiation?
A. Cooperative action among members of the family B. Development of autonomy within the family C. Incongruent massages wherein the recipient is a victim D. Maintenance of system continuity or equilibrium
Differentiation is the process of becoming an individual developing autonomy while staying in contact with the family system. Cooperative action among family members does not refer to differentiation, although individuals who have a high level of differentiation would be able to accomplish cooperative action. Incongruent messages in which the recipient is a victim describe double-bind communication. Maintenance of system continuity or equilibrium is homeostasis.