AbstractThe author draws on Crisis Theory' General System Theory and Family Development Theories in describing the crises that occur in marriage. Each marriage has its own rule system that governs its homeostatic balance. When a change occurs in the system that upsets the homeostatic balance a crisis can be said to have occured. There are then three possibilities : 1) The marriage returns to its usual functioning' 2) It gets worse. 3) It can improve. The events and processes that bring about crises will be discussed. The crisis as a growth enhancing experience is discussed.
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