Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Family Loyalty

  • Tatiana GlebovaEmail author
  • Rashmi Gangamma
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_347

Name of Concept

Family Loyalty


Commitment; Family cohesion or unity; Filial loyalty; Filial obligations; Intergenerational solidarity and responsibility


Loyalty, broadly defined as faithfulness or allegiance to individuals or groups, is linguistically originated from the Latin word lex (“law” or “statute”). It appears that various manifestations of loyalty have been recognized throughout the human history as part of belonging to associations and related identities. While the phenomenon of loyalty conveys a special importance for a family – a group of people connected through kinship ties, most in-depth explorations of the phenomenon are done by marketing, economics, political science, sociology, and religious scholars.

Though the term “family loyalty” is widely used in the family studies and family therapy fields, there is no clear or uniformed definition of the concept. Some aspects of the phenomenon and related concepts have been researched and discussed in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alliant International University – California School of Professional PsychologySacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Molly F. Gasbarrini
    • 1
  1. 1.Alliant International UniversityLos AngelesUSA