Morphostasis, in family systems theory, describes a static family structure. Families seek stability and predictability in order to maintain their perceived status quo or current way of functioning. While a sense of stability is an important component of healthy family functioning, resistance to change can result in stagnation and increased dysfunction. The purpose of this entry is to describe morphostasis and its relation to the other major concepts of family systems theory. This entry concludes with practical applications for counselors working with couples and families seeking to maintain a balance between stability and change.

Morphostasis and the Family System

Morphostasis is one of the core constructs of family systems theory. A branch of general systems theory, family systems theory describes the family as consisting of interrelated parts; ...

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