Handbook of Family and Marital Therapy

Handbook of Family and Marital Therapy

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Family and marital therapies are rapidly becoming highly used methods of treatment of mental disorders and are no longer ancillary methods to individual psychotherapy. The last few decades have brought about an increasing awareness of the fact that, excluding organic etiology, practically all mental disorders are caused, fostered, and/or related to faulty interpersonal relations. As a rule, the .earlier in life one is exposed to noxious factors, the more severe is the damage. Thus, early child-parents' and child-siblings' interactions are highly relevant determinants of mental health and mental disorder. Moreover, parents themselves do not live in a vacuum. Their marital interaction significantly contributes to their own mental health or to its decline, and parent-child relationships are greatly influenced by the nature of intraparental relationships. Parental discord, conflicts, and abandonment affect the child's personality development. Thus, family and marital therapy is more than therapy; it is an important contribution to the prevention of mental disorder. The present volume is comprised of three parts. The first, primarily theoretical, analyzes the fundamental aspects of marital and family therapy. The second part describes the various therapeutic techniques and the last deals with several specific issues. It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge my gratitude to my coeditor, Dr. George Stricker. Without his thorough and devoted efforts, this volume could not have come into being. I am also profoundly indebted to our consulting editors, Dr. James Framo, Dr.

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ISBN-13: 9781468444445
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 04/06/2012
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1983
Pages: 498
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

I Foundations.- 1. Marriage and Parenthood: The Changing Scene.- 2. Individual and Marital Development: Entropy or Synergy.- 3. Marriage: An Unequal Partnership.- 4. Human Systems and Communication Theory.- 5. Historical Roots of Contemporary Family Therapy.- 6. Research on Marital and Family Therapy: Answers, Issues, and Recommendations for the Future.- 7. Training in Marriage and Family Therapy.- II Therapeutic Systems.- 8. Family Systems Theory and Therapy.- 9. Structural Family Therapy.- 10. Contextual Family and Marital Therapy.- 11. Family Therapy as a Theory of Roles and Values.- 12. Family Group Therapy.- 13. Behavioral Marital Therapy.- 14. Network Therapy.- 15. Multiple Family Group Therapy: A Model for All Families.- 16. Co-therapy with Families.- III Special Problems and Issues.- 17. Therapy with Minority Families.- 18. Special Treatment Problems with the One-Parent Family.- 19. Treating Stepfamilies.- 20. Sex Therapy for Couples.- 21. Arbitration of Family Disputes.- 22. Community Homes as Hospital Alternatives for Youth in Crisis.- 23. Issues of Divorce in Family Therapy.- Author Index.

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