|1.||Is it possible for a group of working family scientists to define, accurately and contemporaneously, the major ebbs and flows of their own field. In particular, can they spot a significant wave of scientific advance before it crests.|
|2.||Is it possible for such a group to position its work in relationship to that crest, drawing on the wave's increasing momentum and directing and accelerating it further?|
|3.||Is it possible for a group to sustain work of this kind even though it is dispersed to the four comers of a large continent?|
|4.||If work of this kind is possible, what are the social structures, within the group, which work best?|
This very brief essay on the Consortium is, perhaps, a fitting opening for the report of the Consortium's first annual Summer Institute. The Institute itself, including the publication of its proceedings, constitutes one of the social structures sustaining the work of the Consortium; part of the group interaction experiment. The Institute was designed to serve two functions simultaneously. First, as intended in the original blueprint for the Consortium, it is an opportunity for the Consortium and its scientific colleagues to contribute to and benefit from an intense week of continuing education in the field of family studies. Second, it is an opportunity for the Consortium and its colleagues to reflect on the progress of
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Publication information: Book title: Depression and Aggression in Family Interaction. Contributors: Gerald R. Patterson - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Hillsdale, NJ. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 1.