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|systemagazin Zeitschriftenarchiv: Journal of Family Therapy Heft 3/2008
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Eisler, Ivan (2008): Editorial - Valedictory. In: Journal of Family Therapy 30, S. 219-221
Burns, Liz & Rudi Dallos
(2008): A different world? Literary reading in family therapists'
personal and professional development. In: Journal of Family Therapy
30, S. 222-246
abstract: The importance of
literature as a source of inspiration and enrichment for therapy has
long been acknowledged, but has not so far been explored in detail via
the experience of therapists themselves. This paper presents aspects of
a qualitative study exploring therapists' views and practices in
relation to their reading of novels, plays and poetry. The participants
were senior family therapists actively engaged in clinical, training
and supervision contexts. The influences of literary reading were
identified in interview transcripts by means of thematic analysis.
Effects were noted in participants' accounts of therapeutic practice
and of their personal/professional development and a creative
relationship was seen to emerge between the 'language of literature'
and the 'different worlds' experienced in literary reading. The
relationship between the experiential world of literature and that of
therapy is discussed and implications for practice considered.
Dumont, Raymonde (2008):
Drawing a family map: an experiential tool for engaging children in
family therapy. In: Journal of Family Therapy 30, S. 247-259
Inclusion of children in the treatment process is a central aspect of
the discipline of family therapy. Young children's verbal skill and
level of abstraction may not be suited to 'talking therapy', but they
have an intuitive grasp of family life which is invaluable, and their
views and needs should be considered when effecting change in the
family system. A method is offered to engage young children,
adolescents and adults of divergent verbal skills into a shared
process. It requires no special set-up or tools, only paper and
markers. Distance and proximity are represented in a simple map of the
family, adding symbols for affection and conflict. A spatial
representation of the family system is created, and may be referred to
in the course of the therapy.
Lock, James, Daniel le Grange & Ross Crosby
(2008): Exploring possible mechanisms of change in family-based
treatment for adolescent bulimia nervosa. In: Journal of Family Therapy
30, S. 260-271
Objective: Mediators of treatment for family-based treatment are
explored for outcomes among adolescents with bulimia nervosa (BN).
Method: Using data from a recently completed randomized clinical trial
(RCT) comparing family-based treatment (FBT) to supportive
psychotherapy (SPT) we examined possible mediators of treatment outcome.
Results: Results suggest that FBT-BN was more effective than SPT in
producing remission by virtue of achieving greater reductions in eating
disorder psychopathology by mid-treatment. Specifically, reductions in
cognitions related to BN as assessed by the EDE appeared to be the
Conclusion: It is reasonable to hypothesize that change in the EDE
subscales mediates outcome for FBT-BN. Future studies with sufficient
power to examine this possibility as an a priori hypothesis would help
to better understand how FBT-BN works and may also help to guide future
treatment refinement and development.
O'Reilly, Michelle (2008): I
didn't violent punch him: parental accounts of punishing children with
mental health problems. In: Journal of Family Therapy 30, S. 272-295
This paper examines the ways in which parents attending family therapy
report how they discipline their children. The children are reported to
have mental health problems and by the nature of their disorders
present challenging behaviours. Within the family therapy setting,
parents account for their methods of punishment which includes
threatening, punching, hitting and smacking with belts. They report
desires to inflict physical damage upon the child, contrast their
punishment strategies against the extremeness of the child and
co-construct the essential and necessary nature of the discipline.
Investigating parental perspectives has wider implications for child
discipline and child protection and the growing social impact of
discipline techniques for policy-makers.
Carr, Alan (2008): Thematic review of family therapy journals in 2007. In: Journal of Family Therapy 30, S. 296-319
In 2007 many developments in a broad range of areas were covered in the
family therapy journals. In this review, reference will be made to
particularly significant papers but also to the less significant but
representative articles in the areas of child-focused problems,
adult-focused problems, couples, divorce, diversity, developments in
systemic practice, assessment, training, research, international
professional developments and deaths.