Life events and interdependent lives: Implications for research and intervention

R. A. Pruchno, F. C. Blow, M. A. Smyer

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The central thesis of this article is that a single life event has the capacity to affect and change not one but several lives. This thesis is related to theory on attachment, roles, and convoys. The concept of life-event webs is introduced to capture the complex relations between individuals within networks such as families. Research challenges presented by the life-event web perspective include defining networks, assessing the impact of events on each member, and treating the web, not the individual, as the unit of analysis. The web perspective implies that intervention programs should be focused not on the individual but on the web.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-41
Number of pages11
JournalHuman Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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