Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems: I. Cohesion and Adaptability Dimensions, Family Types, and Clinical Applications

Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems: I. Cohesion and Adaptability Dimensions, Family... The conceptual clustering of numerous concepts from family therapy and other social science fields reveals two significant dimensions of family behavior, cohesion and adaptability. These two dimensions are placed into a circumplex model that is used to identify 16 types of marital and family systems. The model proposes that a balanced level of both cohesion and adaptability is the most functional to marital and family development. It postulates the need for a balance on the cohesion dimension between too much closeness (which leads to enmeshed systems) and too little closeness (which leads to disengaged systems). There also needs to be a balance on the adaptability dimension between too much change (which leads to chaotic systems) and too little change (which leads to rigid systems). The model was developed as a tool for clinical diagnosis and for specifying treatment goals with couples and families. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Family Process Wiley

Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems: I. Cohesion and Adaptability Dimensions, Family Types, and Clinical Applications

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1979 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0014-7370
eISSN
1545-5300
DOI
10.1111/j.1545-5300.1979.00003.x
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Abstract

The conceptual clustering of numerous concepts from family therapy and other social science fields reveals two significant dimensions of family behavior, cohesion and adaptability. These two dimensions are placed into a circumplex model that is used to identify 16 types of marital and family systems. The model proposes that a balanced level of both cohesion and adaptability is the most functional to marital and family development. It postulates the need for a balance on the cohesion dimension between too much closeness (which leads to enmeshed systems) and too little closeness (which leads to disengaged systems). There also needs to be a balance on the adaptability dimension between too much change (which leads to chaotic systems) and too little change (which leads to rigid systems). The model was developed as a tool for clinical diagnosis and for specifying treatment goals with couples and families.

Journal

Family ProcessWiley

Published: Apr 1, 1979

References

  • Family Interaction and Decision‐Making
    Ferreira, Ferreira; Winter, Winter
  • Family Experiments: A New Type of Experimentation
    Haley, Haley
  • Individuation: From Fusion to Dialogue
    Karpel, Karpel
  • Enmeshment and Fusion
    Klugman, Klugman
  • A Typology of Family Social Environments
    Moos, Moos; Moos, Moos
  • Dimensions of Early Marriage
    Ryder, Ryder
  • Family Unit Therapy and the Science and Typology of Family Systems
    Wertheim, Wertheim
  • The Science and Typology of Family Systems. II. Further Theoretical and Practical Considerations
    Wertheim, Wertheim

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