ERIC Number: ED320061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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Two Paycheck Families: Therapeutic Techniques to Enhance Family Functioning.
Chambliss, Catherine; Hartl, Alan J.
American family life is being transformed by the trend toward two paycheck families, yet most people have not been socialized to live in this way, and social institutions have been slow to accommodate the needs of two paycheck families. Accordingly, this paper presents a package of therapeutic techniques designed to help members of two paycheck families learn how to adjust to this family lifestyle. After a brief introduction, an audience-generated list of 12 common family stressors is presented and external and internal sources of stress are defined. The main part of the paper presents a therapeutic model for dealing with the stresses in two-paycheck families. Techniques are classified under four headings: control, courage, commitment, and cooperation. Control techniques emphasize locus of control, mutual brain storming, rethinking, and shared gloating. Courage techniques address perfectionism, learning to say no, rewarding effort despite outcomes, and experimentation. Commitment techniques address life priorities, self-defeating fantasies, guilt, and marital enhancement. Finally, cooperation techniques include delegation, household preferences, scheduling, and friendships. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Symposium on Building Family Strengths (6th, University Park, PA, April 17-20,1990).