Family models

comparing and contrasting the Olson Circumplex Model with the Beavers Systems Model.

W. R. Beavers, M. N. Voeller

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Abstract

There is an increasing interest in and need for family models. One such model is the Olson Circumplex Model, previously reported in this journal (18). This model is compared and contrasted with the Beavers Systems Model, which was also developed from empirical data and has had extensive use in family assessment. Though both are cross-sectional, process-oriented, and capable of providing structure for family research, we believe there are certain short-comings in the Olson model that make it less clinically useful than the Beavers Systems Model. These include definitional problems and a total reliance on curvilinear dimensions with a grid approach to family typology that does not acknowledge a separation/individuation continuum. Our model avoids these deficiencies and includes a continuum of functional competence that reflects the development and differentiation of many living systems, including the family.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-98
Number of pages14
JournalFamily Process
Volume22
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1983

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Family models : comparing and contrasting the Olson Circumplex Model with the Beavers Systems Model. / Beavers, W. R.; Voeller, M. N.

In: Family Process, Vol. 22, No. 1, 03.1983, p. 85-98.

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