Family's Construction Of Reality

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Reiss presents o new model of family interaction grounded in the subtle and complex way in which a family constructs its inner life and deals with the outside world. Based upon fifteen years of research, the book offers a new understanding of the covert processes that hold a family together and, with distressing frequency, pull it apart.
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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Sociology
This is o beautifully written and significant book, a profound contribution to our understanding of the family…For every social scientist's shelf.
Contemporary Psychiatry
This is a very important book, which should have a major influence not only on the field of family therapy, but psychiatry in general [Reiss's] experiments are ingenious, his observations are astute, his methodology sophisticated, his analyses complex but technically correct, his theoretical formulations precise and articulate, his discussion astute, and his logic persuasive.
Contemporary Psychology
This book is a most significant and original contribution. The research is exceptional in its conception, planning, and findings…Reiss's scholarship is of astounding scope.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674294165
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/1981
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 0.90 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

David Reiss is Vivian Gill Distinguished Research Professor at the George Washington University Medical Center.
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Charting Our Course

Part 1: Family Problem Solving and Family Interpreting

1. The Family Construction of the Laboratory

Family Information Processing and Schizophrenia

A Theoretical Sketch of Family Information Processing

Three Measures of Family Information Processing

Schizophrenia and Family Information Processing

Beyond Family Information Processing: The Family Construes the Laboratory

The Concept of a Shared Construct

A Typology of Shared Constructs

Dimensions of Family Constructs

2. Family Problem Solving and Shared Construing

Strategy One: Comparing Three Groups of Families

Strategy Two: Direct Assessments of Shared Construing

Strategy Three: Pursuing Significant Alternate Hypotheses

Part 2: Family Crisis and Family Paradigm

3. The Role of the Family in Organizing Experience

Personal Explanatory Systems

The Family as Originator of Explanatory Systems

How Prevalent Is the Originative Family?

4. Crisis and the Development of the Family Paradigm

Outline of a New Model

Family Stress and Disorganization

Vulnerability to Stress and Disorganization

Family Reorganization

5. The Abstraction of the Family Paradigm

The Need for Abstraction

The Process of Social Abstraction

The Results of Abstraction

Abstraction and Paradigm

6. The Conservation of the Family Paradigm

The Temporal Patterning of Crisis and Change

The Medium of Conservation

Interaction Behavior in the Conservation of the Family Paradigm

The Specificity of Conservation

Part 3: The Family's Bond to Its Social World

7. Orienting Concepts in Family—Environment Organization

The Cycle Hypothesis

Components of the Cycle Hypothesis

Links between the Family and Its Social World

Organizing Constructions in the Social Environment

Paradigm, Code, Map, and Objective: Central Correspondences

' Family Paradigm, Links, and Environment: A Concluding Example

8. Exploring the Cycle Hypothesis

The Organizational Objective

Short—Term Links between the Family and the Environment

Long—Term Links between the Family and the Environment

Matching the Cycle Hypothesis and the Findings

Conclusion. A Second Look at Shared Constructs




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