Family Transitions

Continuity and Change Over the Life Cycle

Edited by Celia Jaes Falicov

July 15, 1991
ISBN 9780898624847
Price: $56.00
476 Pages
Size: 6⅛" x 9¼"
Copyright Date: 1988

The notion that a “developmental difficulty” underlies the appearance of clinical symptoms has become a time-honored tradition in family therapy just as it has been in individual therapy. Yet, unlike the well-established and well-researched models of child and adult development, those in family development are rudimentary. This volume gathers some of the most prominent family theorists, researchers, and clinicians to elucidate the specific dimensions and processes of spontaneous and therapeutically induced change over the family life cycle. The book introduces new conceptual models that integrate the temporality of the life cycle approach with systems theory. By their very nature, these models cut across therapeutic orientations and have important clinical applications.

“Falicov has assembled an impressive array of well-known family clinicians and researchers to provide a developmental perspective on family changes and associated stages and transitions. ”

Contemporary Psychology

Table of Contents


1. Family Sociology and Family Therapy Contributions to Family Development: Life-span Developmental Psychology.


2. An Epigenetic Model of Family Processes, Wynne.

3. Adolescent Sexuality in the Family Life Spiral, Combrinck-Graham.

4. Oscillation Theory and Family Development, Breunlin.

5. Family Types, Family Stress, and Family Satisfaction: A Developmental Approach, Olson.


6. Individual Change and Family Development: Individuation as a Family Process, Shapiro.

7. The Emphasis on Cultural Identity: A Developmental Ecological Constraint, Montalvo & Gutierrez.

8. Family Identity, Ritual, and Myth: A Cultural Perspective on Family Life Cycle Transitions, Bennett, Wolin, McAvity.

9. Rethinking Assumptions about Women's Development and Family Therapy, Boss & Weiner.

III. DEVELOPMENTAL DISRUPTIONS AND THE FAMILY LIFE CYCLE. 10. Family Crises: Expectable and Unexpectable, Pittman.

11. Cumulative Stress, Family Transitions, and Crises, Joselevich. Family Development and the Impact of Chronic Illness, Rosman.

13. Loss and the Family Life Cycle, Walsh & McGoldrick.

14. Developmental Cycles and Substance Abuse, Todd.


15. Family Development and Change across the Generations: An Intergenerational Perspective, Williamson & Bray.

16. Structural Family Therapy and the Family Life Cycle: A Four-Dimensional Model for Family Assessment, Fishman.

17. Systemic Family Therapy and Family Development, Wright & Watson.

18. The Presence of the Past: Continuity and Change in the Symbolic Structure of Families, Keith & Whitaker.

19. Developmental Thinking and the Family Life Cycle: Implications for Training Family Therapists, Liddle.

About the Editor

Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. She also teaches in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego, has a private clinical practice, and conducts supervision groups. Dr. Falicov is the author of numerous publications on cultural perspectives in family therapy and on the process of change during family transitions, and is the editor of Family Transitions: Continuity and Change over the Life Cycle. She is the current President of the American Family Therapy Academy.


For clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, human development professionals, family sociologists, and family researchers. It can also serve as a developmentally oriented textbook for teaching family therapy in academic and professional settings.

Course Use

Can serve as a developmentally oriented textbook for teaching family therapy in academic and professional settings.