International Journal of Family Therapy

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 23–30 | Cite as

“Ordinary people” and the truncated nuclear family

  • Gerald H. Zuk


The American-made movie “Ordinary People”, which moved and troubled audiences in the United States and abroad in 1980 when it appeared, exemplifies a type of truncated nuclear family in which the wife-mother attempts to model herself after the role of the husband-father, espousing those values more characteristic of men at home and in the world of work. The author holds that the movie accurately established a casual connection between the particular form of marital relationship and the psychiatric disturbance of one of the offspring during adolescence.


Health Psychology Social Issue Nuclear Family Ordinary People Marital Relationship 
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© Human Sciences Press 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald H. Zuk
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMedical College of GeorgiaAugusta

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