Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Functional Low-Income Families

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Functional Low-Income Families

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Westbrooks, K. L. (1995). Functional low-income families. New York: Vantage, 220 pp., $18.95.

This book reports results of an innovative qualitative study of low-income families.

Notions of family health, based on research and practice with middle-class families, are challenged as nonrepresentative of the strengths of lower income families. The study revealed that many lower income families described unconventional strengths such as defiance, survival, caution, and faith in God which were not tapped by the Family Assessment Measure.

The author suggests that her findings point to new understandings regarding predictions and judgments of healthy family process. Suggested innovations include: (a) characteristics can be either functional or dysfunctional depending on the context, (b) therapists should be respectful when working with families, (c) families' perspectives of their strengths and weaknesses need to be considered rather than relying on judgments based on middle-class norms, and(d) therapists should acknowledge family authority to decide what their ideal change would be. …

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