chapter  8
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Reconciling the Family Systems and the Relationships Approaches to Child Development: Robert A. Hinde

If those lessons are to be assimilated by developmental psychologists, it is important that potential sticking points be identified and the problems discussed. This chapter is designed for that purpose. It attempts to link the traditional emphasis on the child as an individual with Minuchin's emphasis on the family as a system by focusing on the importance of interindividual relationships in development. It uses Minuchin's (1985) clear exposition as a reference, acknowledging both that her paper was not intended for that purpose and also that such a procedure involves neglect of the considerable diversity of opinion among family therapists. It also incorporates detailed comments from Minuchin which help to pinpoint, and in several cases to clarify, some areas of apparent disagreement.