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Both books that Ive read Angelas Ashes and The Color of Water both demonstrated behavior than can be considered dysfunctional A dysfunctional family is one that fails to meet some or all the basic needs of its members Sometimes these needs such as food shelter or clothing are so basic that people take them for granted More often emotional needs such as the need for love support and security go unmetAlthough a family can be dysfunctional in several ways there are some characteristics that occur more often than others Drugs alcoholism death abandonment starvation and anxiety are some examples of dysfunctional characteristics that can be found in both Angelas Ashes and The Color of Water Just because a family is dysfunctional does not mean its members do not love each other Dysfunction usually results from a large amount of problems in the lives of the parents Parents usually do the best that they can with their children but the truth is that theyre human too and cant always manage the difficult task of parenting if they are overwhelmed by their own troubles It could be that their parenting skills have been impaired by mental or physical illness or simply by ignorance Also many parents of dysfunctional families grew up in unhealthy or abusive families themselves and dont know how to break the mold It may be hard for a person in a dysfunctional family to believe or understand it but the truth is that poor parenting is rarely intentionalThe result of dysfunction vary from the type of dysfunction the family endures Ive heard of people becoming abusive alcoholics drug abusers or runaways Some people are too weak to cope with the situations in their home so they flee and start new lives which usually end up becoming dysfunctional again Dysfunction rubs off on children Because children are so vulnerable they look at their parents as role models Children usually end up having no sense of
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