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Toward an Integrated Theory of Family Time
Toward an integrated theory of family time

Time permeates all values, decisions, and actions. When pace, schedules, and temporal conflicts are raised to the surface of consciousness, time shifts from being an embedded and hidden dimension of family experience to one that lies at the apex of all activity. In the family literature, much of the emphasis has been on the symptoms of underlying time problems: stress, work-family conflict, caregiving dilemmas involving both young children and aging parents, and strained marriages and parent-child relationships. To problematize time is to focus on time as the etiology of these family dilemmas. In keeping with this, it is necessary to look at both the patterns and the politics of family time. Time ...

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