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Family characteristics and adaptation in families with adolescents
Family characteristics, and their typologies were
examined in relationship to family adaptation in 97 nonclinical families with adolescents. Cohesion, adaptability, and satisfaction were measured by Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales III.
Quantity of family time and routines and value of family
time and routines were assessed using an adapted version
of the Family Time and Routines Index. The dependent variable, family adaptation, was obtained using the
Family Member Wellbeing Index. Neither the Rhythmic
Typology nor the Balanced Typology had significant
differences in family across typology groups. Multiple
regression analyses showed that the only family
characteristic that explained variance in family
adaptation was family satisfaction (Beta=.22, p <.05).
The results suggest that it may be too simplistic to
expect family characteristics or typologies alone to
explain variance in family adaptation. The
characteristics need to be examined in conjunction with
stress theory variables.