CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Cross-generational triadic relationships and family health

Department

Department of Family Therapy

Publication Date

1-1-1991

Publication Title

Family Therapy

Volume

18

Issue

3

First Page

231

Last Page

240

Abstract

A number of schools of family therapy consider clear generational boundaries to be conducive to healthy family functioning and believe that cross-generational coalitions are linked to symptomatology in one of more family members. This study investigated the relationship between clarity of generational boundaries and family health. A sample of 240 undergraduate students were administered a questionnarie which inquired about the closeness between members of the students' families of origin, the physical/emotional health of individual members, and levels of interpersonal conflict. Results lent statistical support to the theoretical assumptions regarding the importance of generational distinctiveness to the healthy functioning the family.

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