Achievement as a family theme in drama Public Deposited

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  • The development and maintenance of a family achievement theme was analyzed using two dramas: Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill and A Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. Three propositions were tested: 1) The development of a family achievement theme involves a transaction between individual personality needs and cultural values; 2) Establishing and maintaining a family achievement theme involves a series of transactions between husband and wife; and 3) Continuity of the achievement theme is maintained through parent-parent, parent-child and sibling interaction. Results indicated the presence of a strong achievement need in the husband-father and various manifestations of the same need in all family members. Family interaction patterns revealed continual support of the theme over time. An analysis of the results revealed that 1) personality need and social role demands encouraged the development of the theme, and 2) family members influenced and were influenced by the theme as they attempted to meet their psycho-social needs in the family group. The need was so strong that other needs generally met through family interaction we re neglected. Future analyses of drama might focus on other factors contributing to theme development, other concepts and propositions delineating family interaction, and other dramas with family themes. The propositions developed might be used in analyzing case studies of family behavior.
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