Section I: Family Therapy in Context. The field of marital and family therapy: development and definition. Family life in historical and sociological perspective. Section II: Functional and Dsyfunctional Families. Understanding the functional family. Understanding the functional family: alternative family forms. Problems and dysfunction from a family systems perspective. Section III: Family Evaluation. The process of evaluation. The content of evaluation. Formulating an understanding of the family problem areas. Tools for evaluation, including rating scales and tests. Section IV: Family Treatment. The major schools of family therapy. Family treatment: goals. Family treatment: strategies and techniques. The course of family treatment. Promoting change in family treatment: issues of alliance and resistance. Family therapy: general considerations. Brief family therapy: treatment as it is influenced by time constraints. Treatment as it is influenced by issues of ethnicity, race, gender, and class. Treatment as it is influenced by issues specific to African American families. Section V: Couples Therapy. Dysfunctional couples and couples therapy. Sex, marriage, and marital and sex therapy. Separation and divorce. The couple and reproductive issues. Lesbian and gay couples. Section VI: Family Treatment When One Member Has a Psychiatric Disorder or Other Special Problem. Family treatment in the context of individual psychiatric disorders. Family treatment in the context of other special problems -- violence to self and others. The family and treatment of acute and chronic psychiatric illness. Section VII: Results of and Guidelines for Recommending Family Therapy. Indications for and the sequence of family therapy evaluation and treatment. Controversies, relative contraindications, and the use and misuse of marital and family therapy. Results: the outcome of family therapy. Section VIII: Family Systems Medicine And Finishing Touches. Treating the medically ill patient: a family systems medicine perspective. Ethical and professional issues in family therapy. Index.
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