Stages of Family Life Cycle

stages of family life cycle
1. family of origin experiences
2. leaving home
3. premarriage stage
4. childless couple stage
5. family with young children
6. family with adolescents
7. launching children
8. later family life
1. family of origin experiences
– maintaining relationships with parents, siblings, and peers
– completing secondary education
2. leaving home
– differentiation of self from family
– developing adult-to-adult relationships with parents
– developing intimate peer relationships
– beginning work and developing work identity
– financial independence
3. premarriage stage
– selecting partners
– developing a romantic relationship
– deciding to establish own home
4. childless couple stage
– developing a way to live together
– adjusting relationships with families and peers to include partner
5. family with young children
– realigning family system to make space for children
– adopting and developing parenting roles
– realigning relationships with families to include parenting and grandparenting roles
6. family with adolescents
– adjusting parent-child relationships to allow more autonomy
– adjusting family relationships to focus on midlife relationship and career issues
– taking on responsibility of caring for families of origin
7. launching children
– negotiating adult-to-adult relationships with children
– adjusting to living as a couple again
– adjusting to including in laws and grandchildren
– dealing with disabilities and death in the family
8. later family life
– coping with physiological nature
– adjusting to children taking a more central role in family maintenance
– valuing the wisdom and experience of the elderly
– dealing with loss of spouse and peers
– preparation for death