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ERIC Number: EJ843322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0194-472X
Goal Direction and Effectiveness, Emotional Maturity, and Nuclear Family Functioning
Klever, Phillip
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v35 n3 p308-324 Jul 2009
Differentiation of self, a cornerstone concept in Bowen theory, has a profound influence over time on the functioning of the individual and his or her family unit. This 5-year longitudinal study tested this hypothesis with 50 developing nuclear families. The dimensions of differentiation of self that were examined were goal direction and effectiveness and emotional maturity. A qualitative analysis of participants' goals demonstrated that couples with higher functioning developing nuclear families, when compared with couples with lower functioning families, placed more emphasis on family goals, had more balance between family and personal goals, and pursued more goals over the 5 years. The quantitative analysis supported the hypothesis that goal effectiveness and emotional maturity influenced variation in nuclear family functioning. In addition, couple goal effectiveness and emotional maturity were associated with nuclear family functioning more strongly than individual goal effectiveness and emotional maturity were associated with individual functioning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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