Title page for ETD etd-06102012-040243

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Miller-Bruce, Andrea E.
URN etd-06102012-040243
Title Family characteristics and adaptation in families with adolescents
Degree Master of Science
Department Family Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mancini, Jay A. Committee Chair
Rogers, Cosby Steele Committee Member
Sporakowski, Michael J. Committee Member
  • Marital psychotherapy.
Date of Defense 1988-09-15
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Family characteristics, and their typologies were

examined in relationship to family adaptation in 97 nonclinical families with adolescents. Cohesion, adaptability, and satisfaction were measured by Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales III.

Quantity of family time and routines and value of family

time and routines were assessed using an adapted version

of the Family Time and Routines Index. The dependent variable, family adaptation, was obtained using the

Family Member Wellbeing Index. Neither the Rhythmic

Typology nor the Balanced Typology had significant

differences in family across typology groups. Multiple

regression analyses showed that the only family

characteristic that explained variance in family

adaptation was family satisfaction (Beta=.22, p <.05).

The results suggest that it may be too simplistic to

expect family characteristics or typologies alone to

explain variance in family adaptation. The

characteristics need to be examined in conjunction with

stress theory variables.

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