Cohesion is the level of emotional connectedness between members of a system. In marital, couples, and family therapy, cohesion is an important concept used to capture the level of connectedness or separateness of family. Being overly connected stifles individuality and is called enmeshment; not being connected enough may leave important emotional, relational, and/or physical needs unmet and is called disengaged. Cohesion plays an important role within a system and also when people join a system. Research has demonstrated that cohesion plays an important role in an individual’s ability to develop secondary family relationships. All who enter into a family system other than that of their family of origin bring with them the attitudes, beliefs, and expectations associated with their experience of the level of cohesiveness ...

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