Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Mothers in Families

  • Alexander Lin HsiehEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_584

Name of Concept

In this chapter, I conceptualize aspects of mothers within the dynamics of the family system.


Foster mother; Maternal figure; Mother-in-law; Step-mother.


Culture, communities, families, couples, and individuals; through social science and family therapy studies, relationship patterns have been a key component to the concept of individual health and well-being. Families are a key study of human relationship patterns because of the inherent and choice factor associated with membership and the dynamic relationships that develop within families. Members of a family exist not only by biological formation but also because of the relationship they inherently take on or purposefully create to establish a network of connections which has invigorated developmental sciences. From those relationships and research sciences, the family has been depicted in various structures, emotional tendencies, intergenerational patterns, and other traits. One member of the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean Davis
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  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA