Between Families: The Unattached Young Adult

The Family Life Cycle,  Garner Press, New York.  1980

“Every child is born into an emotional position within the family that is predetermined by multiple factors bearing little connection to the new infant who has gained ownership of them.  The factors governing a child’s potential specialness to the family include, for example, stressful events occurring in the family at the time of birth, the basic levels of emotional maturity of each parent, and the manner in which the marital couple handle their emotional relationship to maintain equilibrium.  The interrelationship of such factors, as well as nodal events throughout the family life cycle, determines to what degree a particular child will be able to achieve emotional independence from his parents during young adulthood.” domain name info .