Academic journal article Family Relations

Global Perspectives in Family Therapy: Development, Practice, Trends

Academic journal article Family Relations

Global Perspectives in Family Therapy: Development, Practice, Trends

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K. S. Ng. (Ed.). (2003). Global Perspectives in Family Therapy: Development, Practice, Trends. New York: BrunnerRoutledge. 234 pp. Hardcover ISBN: 1-58391-311-4, $39.95.

Global Perspectives in Family Therapy provides an overview of the history, development, and current status of the profession and practice of family therapy around the world. Contributions from experts in the field describe and evaluate the history, trends, status, and issues related to training, practice, and research in 14 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. The practice and profession of family therapy can be seen to vary from country to country, where culture, family dynamics, presenting problems, diagnoses, and intervention techniques often differ from those in the United States. Progress in the growth and development of family therapy as a profession often is limited or restricted by political uncertainties, bureaucratic barriers, economic problems, limited educational facilities and faculty, and a lack of books and journals in the language of the people.

In his introductory chapter, Ng points out that a global perspective on family therapy necessarily requires an understanding of family development and problems in the different cultural contexts found around the world. Family systems, structures, and functions differ and appear to be changing worldwide. In some parts of the world, marriage based on personal choice and nuclear families are thought to be traditional, and there appears to be an increase in nontraditional family forms, such as single-parent families, stepfamilies, dual-career couples without children, and cohabiting heterosexual couples. …

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