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Advancing Substantive Family Theories
advancing substantive family theories

This section examines in some depth two substantive theories about families: rational choice theory and transition theory. Although it might seem that these two theories bear little resemblance to one another, our previous discussion in Section I will assist us in seeing many common problems and issues.

You may wonder why these two theories were selected rather than some others. The answer is complex. First, I believe these two theories represent two of the best developed theories in the area of family studies. The only other one that comes close to these is role theory (e.g., Burr, Hill, et al., 1979); however, it is not a theory that necessarily deals with the family as a group. A second reason ...

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