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definition of relationship

For many exponents of communication theory, definition of relationship is a central concept in family theory and therapy. It describes how and to what extent relational partners achieve consensus about what is acceptable to each other in the relationship, in other words, the rules that are valid for the relationship.

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)