Culturally Competent Family Therapy: A General Model

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10
Analysis of Diagnostic Data

In this chapter, methods and techniques are proposed for microanalyzing and macroanalyzing the data elicited by the techniques presented in chapter 9. The analysis leads to the construction of deduced functional and dysfunctional ("bugged") cultural family programs at various stages of the case development.

As explained in chapter 7, these methods and techniques cannot and do not constitute a "discovery procedure" leading from observed data to an idiographic theory representing the family's culture. The therapist can arrive at such a theory only by exercising her intuition and creativity. The methods and techniques proposed in this chapter are just heuristic procedures, helping the therapist order and organize the observed data in ways that would facilitate the construction of an idiographic diagnostic theory about the case in hand.


SEMIOTIC MICROANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR

The technique proposed below can be applied to observation protocols, as well as to data elicited by the presenting-problems interview and the case- history interview. The transcribed behavior constitutes an initial microscopic description and interpretation of the behavior on the raw material level. On this level, the manifest, physical, partly observable behavior is described. However, raw material serves mainly as a medium for expressing meaning. Meaning is analyzed on two other levels: The semantic level, where the private thoughts and feelings expressed by raw material are analyzed and described, and the pragmatic, communicational level, at which interpersonal thoughts expressed by the same raw material are specified. For example, one

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Part I - Culture and Family Therapy: an Overview 1
  • 1 - The Necessity to Incorporate Culture into the Theory and Practice of Family Therapy 3
  • Summary 17
  • 2 - The General Model of Culturally Competent Family Therapy: a Brief Outline 19
  • Summary 30
  • Part II - Family-Cultural Concepts Relevant to Diagnosis and Treatment 33
  • 3 - The Family's Conceptualization of Its Environment 35
  • Summary 43
  • 4 - The Family's Cultural Identity 45
  • Summary 65
  • 5 - The Family's Functioning and Lifestyle 67
  • Summary 74
  • 6 - The Family's Coping with Problems and Difficulties 77
  • Summary 82
  • Part III - The Information-Processing Framework 83
  • 7 - The Family as an Information-Processing System 85
  • Summary 100
  • 8 - Culturally Determined Family Dysfunction 103
  • Summary 116
  • Part IV - Culturally Competent Family Diagnosis 119
  • 9 - Data-Collection Instruments and Procedures 121
  • Summary 130
  • 10 - Analysis of Diagnostic Data 131
  • Summary 150
  • Part V - Therapy 153
  • 11 - The Therapeutic Alliance in Culturally Competent Family Therapy 155
  • Summary 163
  • 12 - Planning the Therapy: Strategies, Tactics and Techniques 165
  • Summary 193
  • 13 - The Therapeutic Process 195
  • Summary 212
  • Epilogue 213
  • Appendix - A Classified List of References 215
  • References 229
  • Index 249
  • About the Author 255
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