ERIC Number: ED336667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
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The Tilted Family: Its Effects on Mothers.
Monroe, Catherine S.; Newlon, Betty J.
Family constellation theory focuses on the idea that the composition of a family determines to a certain degree the behavior of the individual members. An important missing piece in family constellation theory, however, is the possible impact children have on their parents. With smaller families the current trend, there is a greater likelihood of being in a family with same-sex children. Using family constellation theory as background, this study explored the hypothesis that there are effects on a mother who has no daughter (tilted) that are different from a mother who has both a son and a daughter (geometric). Mothers (N=36), including 16 tilted and 20 geometric mothers, were surveyed using the Mother's Questionnaire to discover potential differences in four areas of family functioning: feelings of loss; socialization; mother's isolation; and uniqueness of family structure. The findings indicated that titled mothers experienced a feeling of loss for not having children of both genders, experienced some isolation from being the only female, and described the advantages of their families differently from the geometric mothers. The more persons in families are valued for their uniqueness and individuality with decreased emphasis on gender expectations, the less isolated particular members will be, and the less likelihood of any titling effects will there be. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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