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ledger of merits

According to Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, a "ledger of merits" is an accounting system that develops overtly or covertly in groups (usually in families). On the basis of these accounts, a just balance between individual "debits" and "merits" is negotiated across generations.

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)