Understanding Conflict in FamiliesMargolin

Theoretical Frameworks and Future Directions

Authored by: Darby E. Saxbe , Aubrey J. Rodriguez , Gayla Margolin

Handbook of Family Theories

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415879453
eBook ISBN: 9780203075180
Adobe ISBN: 9781135118754


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To be in a family is to experience conflict: it is an unavoidable feature of family life. However, families vary tremendously in how they handle conflict. Episodes of conflict can be productive, helping to facilitate communication, or they can be damaging, destructive, and even dangerous. For researchers and clinicians who focus on families, theories of why conflicts develop, how they unfold, and how families resolve them (or fail to resolve them) warrant close attention.

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