For each substage of self development, the growing individual’s family should provide the matching fit necessary for optimal passage through the psychological challenges that life engenders. Current models of family development (e.g., Aldous, 1990; Barnhill & Longo, 1978, in Barker, 1986; Carter & McGoldrick, 1989; Combrink-Graham, 1985; Dallos, 1995; Falicov, 1988; Framo, 1994; Galinsky, 1981; Stratton, 1988; deVries, Birren, & Deutchman, 1990; Wapner, 1993; and see Birchler, 1992, and Nichols & Pace-Nichols, 1993, for models of the marital life cycle) are too global, not providing enough differentiation to help in the current search for 25 levels corresponding to the substages of self development. Moreover, the proposed family life cycle changes in these models are usually age-related milestones and not related to the developing person’s psychology, per se (see Table 4.1).


Synthetic Model Family Development Adult Offspring Adult Relationship Mutual Growth 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Young
    • 1
  1. 1.Glendon CollegeYork UniversityTorontoCanada

Personalised recommendations