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      The Beavers-Timberlawn model of family competence and the circumplex model of family adaptability and cohesion: separate, but equal?

      Family Process
      Adaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Child, Preschool, Family, Family Therapy, Female, Humans, Male, Marriage, Mental Health, Models, Psychological, Parent-Child Relations, Social Adjustment

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          An empirical examination of the association between instruments measuring the Beavers-Timberlawn Model of family competence and the Circumplex Model of adaptability and cohesion is presented. Even when triangulated measures were utilized to control for the divergent methods of data collection traditionally employed to operationalize these models of family health, family competence as measured by the Beavers-Timberlawn Family Evaluation Scales was either minimally (mothers) or not associated at all (fathers and children) with balanced and thereby optimal dimensions of adaptability and cohesion as measured by the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales. Methodological and substantive explanations for the surprising lack of association between measures of these two prominent family assessment models are explored and short- and long-range implications for the growth and practice of family therapy are discussed.

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