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Basic Concepts in Family Therapy


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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 In

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