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The Theory of Margin

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Professor Howard McClusky introduced the Theory of Margin in the early 1960's (McClusky, 1963). He believed the theory was relevant for understanding adults lives, especially as they aged and their various demands or pressures increased. Howard believed that being an adult means facing continuous growth, change, and integration, in which constant effort must be made to use the energy available for meeting normal living responsibilities. However, because people have less than perfect control over many aspects of their lives, they must find ways to be prepared to meet unpredictable crises or problems.

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