Edited By Carol J. Bruess
4. The Couple and Family Technology Framework
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KATHERINE M. HERTLEN
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
MARKIE L. c. BLUMER
University of Wisconsin–Stout
There is no longer a question that technology and new media have impacted the lives of individual children, adults, and their relationships. Mobile phones, laptops, and tablets are a primary way many of us work, spend leisure time, and connect with family and friends, a shift from previous leisure activities (Woodard & Gridina, 2000). They accelerate the speed of our communication (for good or for bad) and provide a chance to simultaneously dissociate and connect.
In this chapter, we present the theoretical underpinnings and therapeutic application of the Couple and Family Technology (CFT) Framework. We describe the ecological elements of the framework and the ways relationships are helped and hindered by these elements. We also attend to the areas in which the ecological elements affect couples and families in specific ways: through roles, rules, boundaries, relationship initiation, relationship maintenance, and relationship dissolution.
Psychological Effects Associated with Technology Usage
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