Double ABC-X Model
The Double ABC-X Model (McCubbin & Patterson, 1982) addresses when the family experiences a crisis as a new event. The original cycle is perpetuated, not based on a new event, but resulting from the family’s residual stress, or pile up, occurring from the original event in the family system. The range of a family’s adaptation to and management of this crisis:
- Families tending toward the left end of the continuum tend to adequately manage the stress or crisis and allow for the growth and development of the individual members and the adjustments in the family system
- Families tending toward the right end of the continuum tend to experience an increased experience of stress and crisis often hampering growth and development and perpetuating cycles of crisis.