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marital schism/marital skew

Lidz, Cornelison, Fleck, and Terry (1957) described marital schism and marital skew as two patterns of marital interaction observed in the parents of adolescent and young adult schizophrenics. Marital schism is "severe chronic disequilibrium and discord"; with marital skew, relative equilibrium is achieved, but with family life distorted by shared "aberrant conceptualizations" as husband and wife attempt to complement each other sufficiently to maintain marital harmony.

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)