chapter  6
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Theoretical Development

Although several theoretical frameworks have already served to organize these findings, unfortunately no family communication theories explain many of the results outlined in the previous chapters. I am aware of no theories that adequately address the intergenerational transmission of enmeshed and connected maternal relationship patterns, and certainly none that help us to understand how enmeshed patterns of interaction might have affected the “meaning-making” processes in these relationships or increased the Elkwood women’s vulnerability to problem behaviors.