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ERIC Number: EJ968360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
A Process Model of Family Formation and Development
Garland, Diana R.
Journal of Family Social Work, v15 n3 p235-250 2012
Theoretical models of family formation have assumed sexual coupling as the foundation of family life. This article proposes instead a model of family formation predicated on the processes of taking care of one another, eating together, and sharing life together. The interpersonal dynamics that distinguish a family from other close relationships are attachment, belonging, and entitlement. This process model of family formation does not presume marriage or any other form of sexual coupling to be a requirement for family formation. A case study illustrates, with implications for social work practice. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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