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Family Cohesieness, Flexibility, and Maternal Anger: Boon or Detriment to Children’s Adjustment?

BySolly Dreman

FAMILY COHESIVENESS, FLEXIBILITY, AND MATERNAL ANGER: BOON OR DETRIMENT TO CHILDREN’S ADJUSTMENT?

This chapter examines relationships between family structure, as expressed in family cohesion and adaptability, and the behavior problems of children. Olson, Portner, and Lavee (1985) observed that the relation between cohesion or adaptability and adjustment was curvilinear; the highest and lowest levels of these variables were related to poorer adjustment in individuals and families. In a later formulation, Olson (1997) suggested that nonclinical families do not exhibit extreme ranges of cohesion and adaptability. Hence, there should be a positive linear relation between family cohesion and adjustment outcomes.