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The newest edition of this classic work is presented in an updated format. Dr. Toman's revisions to the text include new interpretations of statistical data, a questionnaire for reader use, and a fully updated bibliography.

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Journal of Marriag and the Family
When formulating research problems, even those social scientists crtical of its psychoanalytic orientation or sheptical of its empirical data will benefit from many of the ideas it contains. —Journal of Marriage and the Family
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826104946
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1976
  • Pages: 333

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition
Pt. I Theory and Research
1 Introduction 3
2 Persons Comprising a Family 7
Two Brothers 9
Brother and Sister 11
Sister and Brother 13
Two Sisters 15
A Person with Several Siblings of the Same Type 17
Multiple Sibling Positions 19
The Size of a Sibling Configuration 22
Only Children 25
Twins 27
Age Differences 30
3 Changes in Family Constellations 37
Loss of Family Members 38
Step- and Half Siblings 50
Adopted Children 55
4 Other Influencing Factors 59
5 Animal Families and Special Forms of Human Families 69
6 Lovers and Spouses 75
The Complementary Nature of Certain Sibling Roles 78
Noncomplementary Relationships 82
Only Children Among the Partners 85
The Complementary Versus the Noncomplementary Relationship of Sibling Roles 87
Statistical Tests of Complementarity of Sibling Roles of Parents 93
7 Friendships 105
8 Parent-Child Relationships 115
9 Relatives 127
10 The Data 135
Pt. II Application and Practice
11 The Basic Types of Sibling Positions 141
The Oldest Brother of Brothers 150
The Youngest Brother of Brothers 154
The Oldest Brother of Sisters 157
The Youngest Brother of Sisters 161
The Male Only Child 164
The Oldest Sister of Sisters 167
The Youngest Sister of Sisters 171
The Oldest Sister of Brothers 174
The Youngest Sister of Brothers 177
The Female Only Child 181
Multiple and Middle Sibling Positions: Interpretation Guidelines 185
Rearrangement of Sibling Positions 191
12 Parents and Types of Parents 195
Parents Without Rank and Sex Conflicts 200
Parents With a Partial Sex Conflict 202
Parents With Rank or Sex Conflicts 209
Parents With Rank and Partial Sex Conflicts 215
Parents With Rank and Sex Conflicts 222
Only Children as Spouses and Parents 225
Parents With Multiple and Middle Sibling Positions 229
13 Clinical Cases 233
The Symbolic Representation of Family Constellations 233
A Case of a Young Man Married at an Early Age 239
A Case of Parents in Family Therapy 245
A Case of a Gang of Youths in Group Therapy 254
14 Quantitative Aspects, Related Theories and Other Investigations 261
15 Methodological Considerations in Social, Psychological and Clinical Contexts 267
More Research on the Complementarity of Sibling Roles 269
Looking at an Individual Case 273
16 Family Data in Clinical Psychological Practice 275
Data Collections of Family Constellations 277
Guide for Securing Data on Family Constellations 279
Social Environment Questionnaire 281
Bibliography 285
Author Index 303
Subject Index 305
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