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Transition Theory
Transition theory

Iimagine that the first reaction by students and scholars to the title of this chapter would be to ask, “What is ‘transition theory’?” They might well add that they have never heard of such a theory in their readings of sociological, psychological, or family theories. This would be true, and indeed, both of these reactions would be totally justified.

The reason they would be justified is that the name “transition theory” has not been used before, and so that name would not cause any especially significant associations to spring to mind. What I am doing in this chapter is creating an extension of family development (Aldous, 1996; Hill & Rodgers, 1964; Rodgers, 1973; Rodgers & White, 1993; White, 1991) and family life course ...

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