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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The interpersonal processes described by Helm Stierlin as delegation refer to the double meaning of the Latin verb "delegare": (1) to send forth and (2) to be entrusted with a mission. It implies that the delegated person, usually an adolescent, is both sent forth and yet bound to the family by the long leash of loyalty. Delegated persons prove their loyalty by conscientiously fulfilling the mission they have been sent to accomplish, and the fulfillment of the appointed mission becomes the source of feelings of self-esteem.