The multi-faceted concept of differentiation of self includes numerous variables which, taken together, describe variation in lifestyle of individuals and families. This presentation will review and evaluate some of the ways in which the concept has been operationalized for purposes of family research. Other concepts such as resilience, coping, adaptation, and self-esteem will also be examined for their possible relevance to research on differentiation of self.

Randall Frost, MDiv is a family therapist and pastoral counsellor; the Director of Training and Research at Living Systems in Vancouver, BC, and a Faculty Member at the Bowen Center in Washington, DC. This lecture was recorded live at The Bowen Center in Washington, DC on January 11, 2018.