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Family and Marriage

Distressed family relationships are seen in response to family interactions, rather than based exclusively on problems within individual members. Effective communications and behaviors among family members are vital in order to create intimacy and satisfaction, and to promote resilience.

This is especially important for children who are experiencing a transition into a new school, teenage years or the remarriage of a parent. Problems in families with adolescents may be acute, in response to some particular situation; tumultuous growth, in response to a life stage transition; or chronic, in relation to specific developmental tasks such as power, anger, love and sexuality, and self-regulation.

Effective and meaningful relationships need to be created between marital partners themselves as well as between any child/teen, siblings, and peers.