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    Engaging with change: a process study of family therapy

    Frosh, Stephen and Burck, C. and Strickland-Clark, L. and Morgan, K. (1996) Engaging with change: a process study of family therapy. Journal of Family Therapy 18 (2), pp. 141-162. ISSN 0163-4445.

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    It is argued that current attempts to investigate the process of family therapy might benefit from the application of discursive and narrative analytic techniques. An example of such an analysis is given, taking the work of an experienced family therapist with one family seeking help in dealing with the aftermath of a marital separation.‘ The theme of how to deal with change’as it materializes in the discussions during therapy is selected for detailed examination in this paper. It is argued that there are two main discourses on this theme evident in the family's discussions, one being that the separation has occurred and its consequences should now he left to arise naturally; the other being that the effects of the separation need to be actively managed. It is suggested that this analytic procedure can dramatize the subtle changes in family discourses during therapy; its limitations in terms of generalizability, and the difficulties of dealing with huge amounts of complex material, are also noted.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 13:08
    Last Modified: 07 Aug 2017 13:08


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