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Adaptability is the ability of a system, for example, an individual or a family, to survive and maintain its coherence under changeable internal and external conditions. The term adaptation implies an outcome at a given point in time, an adjustment that is a state of relatedness, whereas adaptability is an ongoing process of relatedness.


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)