Academic journal article Family Relations

An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy

Academic journal article Family Relations

An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy

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L. L. Hecker and J. L. Wetcher. (Eds.). 2003. An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Clinical Practice Press. 625 pp. Hardcover ISBN: 0-7890-0276-0, $79.95; Paperback ISBN: 0-78900277-9, $49.95.

As a field that was once eschewed, marriage and family therapy now has an accepted place in mental health literature. The general purpose of the book is to provide an overview of different theories of marriage and family therapy and to enlighten the reader about diverse issues and topics in marriage and family therapy. Twenty marriage and family experts accomplish this task by providing a variety of theoretical frameworks within each chapter.

The volume is divided into two parts. Part one (the first nine chapters) reviews theories, and part two (chapters 10-16) focuses on special issues surrounding marriage and family therapy. The book begins with a brief overview of the movement. Chapter 2 examines general systems theory, which includes looking at patterns, homeostasis, evolution, and change, and goes into the more structural approach of Minuchin in Chapter 3. Chapters 4-9 examine strategic family therapy: Milan systemic therapy, the collaborative language-based models, experiential approaches, cognitive-behavioral therapies, and Bowen and BoszormenyiNagy's transgenerational or intergenerational approach. …

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