The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict: A Four-Stage Approach

By Philip J. Guerin Jr.; Leo F. Fay et al. | Go to book overview

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Triangles Within the Family

THE most common triangles of marital conflict that occur within families are extended family triangles, triangles with the children, and step- family triangles. We will consider each of them in turn.


Extended Family Triangles

The extended family triangles that predominate clinically are in-law triangles and the primary parental triangle of each spouse. Both kinds of triangles involve primacy of attachment and influence and displacement of conflict.


Primacy of Attachment and Influence

The formation of the marital bond requires each partner to shift primary emotional attachment from his or her parents to his or her spouse. If this

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