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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McMaster model of family functioning
This is a problem-oriented systems model of family functioning developed by Nathan B. Epstein and his coworkers (see references). Its concepts evolved from studies of both normal and clinical populations; they are intended to define family health and pathology. "Health" is largely equated with "normality" (healthy/functional families).