Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)
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Beavers systems model
The Beavers systems model is a dimensionalized approach to the classification of family functioning. It provides for ratings of (1) competence (adaptability) in whole families who are engaged in current task performance and (2) the style of family interaction (centripetal/centrifugal patterns). From a grid of ratings on these two dimensions, a family typology is constructed that is clinically useful and empirically supported.