Encyclopedia of Family Studies Conflict Theory
Rooted in sociology, conflict theory affords a valuable lens for examining family relationships. While the theory has been used to explain class differences within society – particularly as related to economic wealth, political power, and social status – when applied to families, conflict theory is helpful in understanding how and why stability and instability occur within family contexts.
Hamon, Raeann, "Encyclopedia of Family Studies Conflict Theory" (2016). HDFS Educator Scholarship. 35.
Originally published as:
Hamon, R. R. (2016). Conflict theory. In C. L. Shehan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Family Studies (pp. 1–5). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119085621.wbefs504