The following commentary serves as a response to the article, “Family Stability and Childhood Behavioral Outcomes: A Critical Review of the Literature.” The review article provides a good overview into family factors affecting children, but falls short in discussing how modifying family factors could change specific child behavioral outcomes. The next step in this field of research is a unified definition of family stability, a standardized measure of family stability, and discussion of how child behavior affects family stability, and how changes in family stability could affect child behavior.

Key Take Away Points

  • Family structure and relationships are important to child outcome.
  • Resilience in the face of family instability does exist.

Author Biography

Marni E. Axelrad is an Associate Professor and a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Child Psychologist at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, practicing within the Psychology Service at Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Axelrad specializes in working with families of children with behavioral difficulty and family chaos.