Circumplex Model of Marital & Family Systems

Our latest publication from the Journal of Family Theory & Review:

Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems: An Update. Olson, Waldvogel, & Schlieff, 2019.

Cohesion (connectedness) and flexibility (adaptability) are the two main factors that determine resilience levels within both couples and families. Dr. David Olson’s Circumplex Model takes this concept, measures it, and visually maps it, to show not just the current state of a couple/family, but how they have changed over time in response to life events, transitions, and stressors.

Research has shown that couples and families who are able to “bounce back” to balanced levels of cohesion and flexibility usually exhibit the healthiest levels of functioning.

“Being able to articulate and negotiate these changes on cohesion and adaptability will also enable the couple or family to more adequately cope with stress and the other problematic issues they encounter.”

Olson, D. (2000). “Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems.” Journal of Family Therapy.

Dr. Olson’s decades of research have given therapists, clinicians, and researchers the power of data-driven insights to help them better understand the couples and families they work with and study.

“The Circumplex Model is a valuable resource in assessment-based treatment planning with severely dysfunctional families.”

Olson, D. (2000). “Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems.” Journal of Family Therapy.

Other Articles

Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems. Olson, 2000.

eBook: Resilience in Relationships: Bouncing Back to Balanced