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separating parents and adolescents

Intergenerational conflicts typically come to a head with the appearance of the emerging, relative autonomy in adolescents and their detachment from their parents. Strictly speaking, this is less a separation than a bid for new hierarchical positions within the family, including new rights and duties as well as a new relational balance, with the attendant possibility of new degrees and forms of related individuation for each family member. This reciprocal process is marked by changes in the life cycle of the individual as well as changes in the family life cycle.

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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