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Basic Concepts in Family Therapy : An Introductory Text

Basic Concepts in Family Therapy : An Introductory Text - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0789009418

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Publisher: Haworth Press, Inc.
Published: 2000
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Basic Concepts in Family Therapy : An Introductory Text - 2ND 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0789009418

Linda Berg-Cross

ISBN13: 978-0789009418
ISBN10: 0789009412
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 00
Publisher: Haworth Press, Inc.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Gain confidence and creativity in your family therapy interventions with new, up-to-date research! Basic Concepts in Family Therapy: An Introductory Text, Second Edition, presents twenty-two basic psychological concepts that therapists may use to understand clients and provide successful services to them. Each chapter focuses on a single concept using material from family therapy literature, basic psychological and clinical research studies, and cross-cultural research studies. Basic Concepts in Family Therapy is particularly useful to therapists working in a family context with child- or adolescent-referred problems, and for students and clinicians treating the problems they see every day in their community. The book builds on the strengths of the first edition, incorporating ideas and articles that have become worthy of investigating since 1990 into the original text. This new edition also introduces five new chapters on resiliency and poverty, adoption, chronic illness, spirituality and religion, and parenting strategies. The new chapters make the book far more relevant for students and clinicians try ing to use family theory and technique in response to the problems they see in their communities. Basic Concepts in Family Therapy will assist you in offering clients better services by providing a deeper understanding of the contemporary family in its various forms, the psychological bonds that shape all families, and the developmental stages of the family life cycle. This exploration of how family demography, stages and life cycles affect family functions is a solid foundation from which all of the therapeutic concepts in this book can be explored. Some of the facets of family therapy you will explore in Basic Concepts in Family Therapy are: the importance of spirituality and religion in family therapy generational boundaries, closeness, and role behaviors managing a family's emotions defining problems and generating and evaluating possible solutions teaching children specific attitudes, values, social skills, and norms transracial adoptions and normative processes and developmental issues of adoptive parents strategies for reducing conflict . . . and much more! Basic Concepts in Family Therapy will help to broaden your understanding of the ways families function in general. You can use the effective concepts explored in this text to make a thorough assessment of the impact of a disorder on a child and on the rest of his or her family, as well as how family dynamics might have shaped or exacerbated the problems. The concepts described in this text can be customized to clients' cultural values to avoid unnecessary resistance. As a new therapist, you will gain confidence in your assessments, and if you are already a seasoned professional, you will gain creativity in your interventions.

Author Bio

Berg-Cross, Linda : Howard University

Table of Contents

About the Author
Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Unit I: Getting Acquainted with The Family

Chapter 1. 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


Unit II: Family Concepts-A Systems Perspective

Chapter 2. 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-Expoloration: Individuation


Chapter 3. 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


Chapter 4. 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


Chapter 5. 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


Chapter 6. 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


Chapter 7. Secrets

Kinds of Family Secrets
Adaptive versus Maladaptive Secrets
Self-Exploration: Family Secrets

Chapter 8. Multigenerational Effects

Patterns of Multigenerational Transmission
The Family Legacy
Family Myths
Appreciating One's Multigenerational Heritage
Self-Exploration: Multigenerational Effects


Chapter 9. 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


Unit III: Family Concepts-Ecological Stressors

Chapter 10. Family Resiliency and Poverty

Poverty-Associated Risks
The Resilience Model
Multifamily Groups
Professional Consultation and Training
Self-Exploration: Family Resiliency and Poverty

Chapter 11. 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


Chapter 12. 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?


Unit IV: Family Concepts-A Cognitive Perspective

Chapter 13. 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


Chapter 14. 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


Chapter 15. Family Productivity

Provider Needs
Child Care and Child Socialization
Housework
Kinskeeping
Therapeutic Needs
Recreational Needs
Sexual Needs
Summary
Self-Exploration: Productivity


Unit V: Family Concepts-A Sibling Perspective

Chapter 16. 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


Chapter 17. Sibling Relationships

Sibling Solidarity
Fervent Sibling Lyalty
Sibling Rivalry and Tensions
Deidentification
Identification
Self-Exploration: Sibling Relationships

Unit VI: Family Concepts-A Social Psychological Perspective

Chapter 18. Attribution

Patterns of Attribution
Factors Affecting Internal versus External Attributions
Factors Affecting Attribution Style
Complex Attributions and Narrative Therapy
Self-Exploration: Attribution


Chapter 19. 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

Chapter 20. 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 Theraphy
Helping Others and Accepting Favors
Self-Exploration: Reactance


Chapter 21. 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

Chapter 22. 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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