Morphogenesis is a systems theory concept that describes structural change within a family system. Morphogenesis means “creation or beginning of shape” and describes the process that causes an organism to develop its shape. In the family system, it describes a family’s ability to grow and adapt to change while maintaining structural stability and balance. In this entry, morphogenesis is explained through the lens of systems theory. This is followed by a discussion of related family system concepts. The entry concludes with a discussion of how marriage, couple, and family counseling can be a resource for families who are struggling with changes within their family structure.

Morphogenesis and Systems Theory

Systems theory focuses on the interrelatedness between individuals and their environments as well as to their interactions with ...

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