Cross-generational triadic relationships and family health
Department of Family Therapy
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.
Flemons, Douglas G., "Cross-generational triadic relationships and family health" (1991). CAHSS Faculty Articles. 13.