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ERIC Number: ED143921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct-19
Pages: 11
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The Family as a Living Open System: An Emerging Conceptual Framework.
Fawcett, Jacqueline
The conceptual framework of the family presented in this paper views the family as a reality in itself. The four-dimensional energy field that is the family system is a living open system, a dynamic whole engaged in mutual and simultaneous interaction with a four-dimensional energy field that is the environment. The family system is patterned and organized; it evolves unidirectionally and irreversibly through space-time; it is sentient and thinking. It was postulated that the family system is described and explained by the principles of helicy and resonancy, and that these principles predict the evolution of the family system. The properties and principles of the framework provide a model which is useful for the field of family study. An example of the incorporation of family development theory into the framework was presented, as was a research example, with substantive theory and hypotheses derived from the model. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (October 19, 1976, New York, N.Y.)