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Boundary regulation in family and personal systems: Perceptions of late adolescents

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Examination of boundary regulation can provide family therapists with a framework to describe both the functioning of family systems and personal systems (i.e., the intrapsychic functioning of individual family members). In the present study, late adolescents' perceptions of boundary regulation within their family systems (i.e., ratings of family health, communication, leadership, expressiveness, cohesion, and family conflict) were related to regulation of their personal boundaries (i.e., self-reported personal competence, distress, and patterns of defense mechanism use). In addition, personal system variables reliably discriminated between adolescents who described their families as psychologically healthy versus psychologically unhealthy.

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Meyers, S.A., Stollak, G.E., Aronoff, J. et al. Boundary regulation in family and personal systems: Perceptions of late adolescents. Contemp Fam Ther 18, 279–290 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02196728

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  • family assessment
  • boundaries
  • parent child relations