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The family of origin parachute model: Landing safely in adult romantic relationships*


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    This research was supported partially by funding from the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University and by the Family Studies Center at Brigham Young University.

**Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University, Box 41162, Lubbock, TX 79409-1162 (


Abstract: This study investigates the utility of the family of origin parachute model in predicting longitudinal outcomes for couples in romantic relationships. This conceptual model contains common family variables that are theoretically and empirically related to later adult functioning and are believed to influence attitudes that adult children develop regarding romantic relationships as well as self-esteem. Data from two samples were used to analyze this model. The results support the model and demonstrate its ability to predict membership in relationship satisfaction groups. Suggestions are presented for integrating the family of origin in applied work.