Basic Concepts in Family Therapy An Introductory Text

ISBN-10: 0789009412
ISBN-13: 9780789009418
Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)
Authors: Linda Berg-Cross
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Book details

List price: $83.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/14/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

About the Author
Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Getting Acquainted with the Family
Exploring the Family Structure
What Is a Family?
The Family Life Cycles
Techniques for Focusing on the Family
Self-Exploration: Discovering Your Family Life Space
Self-Exploration: Using the Jack
Family Concepts--A Systems Perspective
Individuation
Parents' Socioemotional Investment in Children: Precursors to Successful Individuation and Separation
Theories of Individuation
Generational Boundaries, Closeness, and Role Behaviors
Individuation As a Lifelong Process
Self-Exploration: Individuation
Separation
Infancy and Early Childhood
Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence
Late Adolescence and Leaving Home
Divorce and Joint Custody
Parental Death and a Child's Grief
Self-Exploration: Separations
Cutoffs
The Concept of Cutting Off
The Painful Process of Cutting Off
Reconstructing the Relationship
Developmental Timing
When Are Cutoffs Beneficial?
Self-Exploration: Family Cutoffs
Triangles
Vulnerability and Self-Protection
The Universal Triangle: Father/Mother/Child
Dysfunctional Triangles
Triangles and Family Types
Recent Research on Triangular Effects
Self-Exploration: Family Triangles
Rituals
Types of Rituals
Positive Aspects of the Ritual
How Family Rituals Evolve and Develop
Altering Rituals and Establishing New Ones
Rituals and the Family Life Cycle
Self-Exploration: Family Rituals
Secrets
Kinds of Family Secrets
Adaptive versus Maladaptive Secrets
Self-Exploration: Family Secrets
Multigenerational Effects
Patterns of Multigenerational Transmission
The Family Legacy
Family Myths
Appreciating One's Multigenerational Heritage
Self-Exploration: Multigenerational Effects
Networks and Ecosystems
Networks and In-Laws
Networks and Childhood Resiliency
Zones of Intimacy
The Importance of Networks
Networks and Elderly People
Networks and Black Americans
Using--and Not Using--Networks
Self-Exploration: Networking
Family Concepts--Ecological Stressors
Family Resiliency and Poverty
Poverty-Associated Risks
The Resilience Model
Multifamily Groups
Professional Consultation and Training
Self-Exploration: Family Resiliency and Poverty
Chronic Illness in Children: Stressors and Family Coping Strategies
Prevalence and Nature of Psychological Disorders
The Bad News About Prevalence
The Good News About Prevalence
A Family Systems Framework for Understanding Chronic Illness
Illness Demands
Family System Resources and Family System Dynamics
Clinical Assessment of Family Meanings: The Meaning of Illness Evolves
A Treatment Model for Medical Family Therapy: Strategies for Chronic Illness
A Medical Family Therapy Toolbox
Self-Exploration: Chronic Illness
Adoption and Infertility
Types of Adoption
Normative Processes and Developmental Issues of Adoptive Families
Transracial Adoptions
Conclusion
Self-Exploration: Are We Ready to Adopt a Child?
Family Concepts--A Cognitive Perspective
Communication Styles
Individual Communication Styles
Spousal Communication
Communicating Intimately
Parental Communication
The "Ka" Solution: New Terms for Stepfamilies and the New Times
Self-Exploration: Family Types
Self-Exploration: Parenting Style
Self-Exploration: Intimacy
Problem Solving
Strategies for Reducing Conflict
Hostility and Intimacy
Using Fights to Advantage
Problem Solving and Problem Behaviors in Children
Power and Problem Solving
Self-Exploration: Problem Solving
Family Productivity
Provider Needs
Child Care and Child Socialization
Housework
Kinskeeping
Therapeutic Needs
Recreational Needs
Sexual Needs
Summary
Self-Exploration: Productivity
Family Concepts--A Sibling Perspective
Birth Order
Apparent Effects of Birth Order
Problems in Identifying Birth Order Effects
The Large Family
Birth Order and Marriage Partners
Self-Exploration: Birth Order
Sibling Relationships
Sibling Solidarity
Fervent Sibling Loyalty
Sibling Rivalry and Tensions
Deidentification
Identification
Self-Exploration: Sibling Relationships
Family Concepts--A Social Psychological Perspective
Attribution
Patterns of Attribution
Factors Affecting Internal versus External Attributions
Factors Affecting Attribution Style
Complex Attributions and Narrative Therapy
Self-Exploration: Attribution
Equity Theory
The Theory of Family Equity
Equity and Family Roles
Developing an Equity Pattern
Distribution of Power Between Marital Partners
Power Allocation Between Parents and Children
Self-Exploration: Equity
Reactance
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Reactance versus Compliance
A Matter of Proportion
Role Boundaries and Coping Styles
Intergenerational Issues
Individual Differences and Psychological Reactance
Reactance and Paradoxical Interventions
Resistance and Reactance in Family Therapy
Helping Others and Accepting Favors
Self-Exploration: Reactance
Cultural Influences on the Family
The Changing Emphasis of Parenting: From Discipline Skills to Social Activism
Marketing and Materialism
Technology and Family Life Education
Conclusion
Self-Exploration: Effects of American Culture on the Family
Spirituality
The Importance of Spirituality and Religion in Family Therapy and Child-Centered Presenting Problems
Assessment
Treatment and Prevention
Ethical and Professional Dilemmas and Guidelines
Conclusion
Self-Exploration: Draw a Spiritual Flower
Resources
Author Index
Subject Index

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