THE INFORMATION- PROCESSING FRAMEWORK
This part of the book introduces a general model and a theoretical language for integrating, organizing, formalizing and systematizing all the knowledge relevant for providing a comprehensive culturally competent diagnosis and treatment for any particular family of any social and cultural background. The knowledge included can belong to any of the types discussed and illustrated in part II of this book.
The model and language include:
Description of the family as an information-processing system, an intercommunicating system of "living computers"
Formalizing cultural information-processing programs
Explicating culturally determined family dysfunction as information- processing "bugs" in family programs
Explaining bugs as unsuccessful attempts to restore the system's overall simplicity
Often simplicity cannot be restored in intercultural encounters that cause misunderstandings and stress. Also discussed are principles and methods for removing or weakening such bugs. Therapeutic "bugbusters" are derived from the family's own existing repertoire of programs.