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ERIC Number: ED262351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Exploration of Critical Developmental Phases in Family Life.
Stutman, Sandy Silver
The family life cycle perspective posits that developmental challenges inherent in the life of a family are both an outgrowth of developmental success or failure in preceding generations and antecedents to emotional well-being or distress in future generations of the family. To substantiate this family developmental model, life cycle postulates were subjected to empirical examination. A sequential path of variables representing the linkages between four critical transition points in family life were evaluated. These variables, in the developmental order in which they unfold are: each parent's history of differentiation from the family of origin; quality of the marital relationship; formation of a functional family system, as manifested by the presence or absence of child-focused triangulation; and the adolescent's adjustment. Subjects were 62 intact families with one adolescent offspring. Adolescents completed the Offer Self-Image Questionnaire and the Structural Family Interaction Pattern Questionnaire. Parents completed the Spanier Dyadic Adjustment Scale and the Parental Relationship Inventory. Path analysis was used as the primary statistical technique. Variations of the path model were assessed using three separate indices of triangulation. The results indicated that the overall path model was confirmed at every link in the developmental chain. These findings lend support to the family life cycle perspective. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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