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rubber fence

Lyman Wynne introduced the term "rubber fence" to describe a characteristic process through which a family experiences itself, and is perceived by others, as if it were within an elastic boundary that helps the family members to maintain a sense of tolerable relatedness and to decrease the threat of divergence from within and intrusion from without.

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)