FAMILY-CULTURAL CONCEPTS RELEVANT TO DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
In the introduction and in chapter 2, it is claimed that family dysfunction stems from the inability of the family's cultural information processing system to adapt itself to unfamiliar information. Culturally competent family diagnosis and treatment demand that the therapist locate and define those parts of the family's cultural information-processing system that are afflicted with this weakness. The therapist must also identify, delineate and describe the relevant facets of the unfamiliar information to which the family is exposed. To be able to accomplish this, therapists must be equipped with the appropriate conceptual and terminological apparatus. This part of the book provides the necessary concepts and terms. Any formulation of culturally sensitive family programs and bugs in these programs will include some of these concepts and terms. When a therapist takes a family of any sociocultural background to therapy, she should ask herself which of these concepts and terms are relevant and should include them in her diagnostic evaluation and treatment.
The concepts and terms introduced in this part cover the following content areas: (1) the family's structuring of its own subjective experience--the basic premises and axioms by which it interprets its reality and reacts to it, its categorization of its external and psychological environment, the explanations it offers to life's problems and difficulties and the principles by which it regulates its problem-solving behavior and (2) the family's structure and interactional rules.