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systems theory

a theoretical framework involving multiple interrelated elements, wherethe properties of the whole are different from theproperties of the parts; systems are viewed as governed byprocesses of negative feedback (which promotes stability)and positive feedback (which promotes instability).Used to explain a range of phenomena, and a range ofsituations, for instance,Minuchins family systemstheory.

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September 28th 2021

cross sectional study

a research design based on selecting representative groupswho vary on a particular characteristic; when thecharacteristic is age, this design provides a means ofmaking developmental comparisons.