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systemagazin Zeitschriftenarchiv: Journal of Family Therapy Heft 3/2011
1/2011 - 2/2011  - 3/2011 - 4/2011 - Übersicht

Singh, Reenee (2011): Ecological epistemologies and beyond: qualitative research in the twenty-first century. In: Journal of Family Therapy 33(3) (3): S. 229-232

Rober, Peter (2011): The therapist‘s experiencing in family therapy practice. In: Journal of Family Therapy 33(3) (3): S. 233-255.

abstract: The question posed in this article is how the therapist should deal with strong emotions she might experience in the session. This question is especially important if it concerns emotions that -at least on the surface- cannot be considered to contribute to a therapeutic alliance. We offer some reflections as preliminary steps towards answering this question and propose that therapists be sensitive to their own experiencing during the session, be careful to monitor the implicit invitations to join the family members in potentially destructive relational scenarios, reflect on the possible negative and perpetuating effects of her interactions with the family, and explore opportunities to proceed with the session in new and more constructive ways. In our approach the therapist‘s experiencing is seen as a tool that may be used to further the therapeutic process. This is consonant with the view of family therapists exploring the importance for the therapist of holding open a space of reflection, while it also fits with a dialogical approach to family therapy, in which the therapist‘s task may be described as listening to the stories the clients tell, and making room for other stories that have not been told before. Two case discussions illustrate our ideas.

Sutherland, Olga & Tom Strong (2011): Therapeutic collaboration: a conversation analysis of constructionist therapy. In: Journal of Family Therapy 33(3) (3): S. 256-278.

abstract: Collaboration has been a frequently used construct to describe the practices of different therapeutic approaches for working with clients. Missing, however, is a sense of how collaboration is enacted in dialogues between therapists and clients. After defining "collaboration", we analyse the actual conversational practices of Karl Tomm in his work with a couple, using conversation analysis. Our aim is to highlight the conversational accomplishment of collaboration in observable ways that we feel may be linked to enhancing one‘s conversational and collaborative practice of therapy.

Moore, Lynn & Irene Bruna Seu (2011): Giving children a voice: children‘s positioning in family therapy. In: Journal of Family Therapy 33(3) (3): S. 279-301.

abstract: Studies of users‘ views of family therapy have rarely explored the means by which children construct their experiences. Family interviews after a first session of therapy included thirteen children aged 8 to 15 years. An analysis of the transcripts demonstrated that, like adults, children draw on forms of explanation generated by acknowledged experts. They used discourses of counselling, therapy, consumerism and education to construct and assess their experiences. The ages of the children affected the construction and evaluation of therapy and the positions taken up in relation to adults. Older children demonstrated more independence from parents. Like adults, the children adopted a variety of stakes, their sophistication increasing with age, suggesting a developmental path towards full membership of adult discursive communities. Recognition that children are active in construing therapy should enhance therapists‘ insights and facilitate positive therapeutic relationships.

Yap, Patricia Michelle Eng Hui & Boon Huat Tan (2011): Families‘ experience of harmony and disharmony in systemic psychotherapy and its effects on family life. In: Journal of Family Therapy 33(3) (3): S. 302-331.

abstract: Family harmony is highly valued by Asian families. This qualitative study sets out to explore the contribution that harmony makes to therapy. Four Singaporean Chinese family members, a mother and daughter from one family, and a sister and brother from another, were interviewed about harmony and disharmony. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to make sense of the in-depth interviews. The results suggested that family harmony was important and was defined as harmonious co-existence in family life. Systemic psychotherapy sessions successfully influenced the family members‘ experience of harmony and disharmony with other members and contributed to harmony in therapy and family life. Lastly, the participants detailed the links between harmony or disharmony and systems at the individual, family and sociocultural levels. The findings highlight the fact that therapists who work with families of Asian origin need to understand how harmony is perceived by them. Asking reflexive questions from an authoritative position that is respectful of clients is recommended to contribute to self-healing in disharmonious families. Furthermore, therapists may wish to use aspects of individual, family and sociocultural systems that can contribute to family harmony.

Wong, Oi Ling (2011): Gendered power in eating habits: insight into childhood obesity in a Chinese family context. In: Journal of Family Therapy 33(3) (3): S. 332-352.

abstract: In this article an attempt is made to understand how power and control issues between genders manifest themselves in eating habits in a Chinese family context, which contribute to the child‘s obesity problems. Eight obese children (six boys and two girls) and their families participated in the qualitative study. Their ages range from 7 to 13. The two clinical themes of power dynamics in eating habits that emerged in the findings are the dominant husband and the wife in charge. Eating practices are characterized by struggles over who is in control and power is played out in the gendered division of work in the kitchen, food preferences or feeding practices. The powerful parent was observed to be the one allied with the obese child, and the coalition further increased the power base. The study also reveals women‘s power dominance in a society in which patriarchal values prevail. Implications for treatment are discussed.

Coldwell, Joanne, Sara Meddings & Paul M. Camic (2011): How people with psychosis positively contribute to their family: a grounded theory analysis. In: Journal of Family Therapy 33(3) (3): S. 353-371.

abstract: The literature on psychosis and schizophrenia has tended to take a burden perspective, positioning the person with the diagnosis as being cared for, rather than being able to contribute to their family. A few studies have suggested that people with this diagnosis do contribute to their families. None have explored how this process takes place. This research aims to explore how people with psychosis contribute to their family and what factors help and hinder this. Six individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and six relatives were interviewed and data was analysed using grounded theory. The emergent theory suggests that people with psychosis do contribute positively to their family. The process is shaped by individual, familial and societal factors and relies on the availability of an opportunity to contribute. The psychological rewards of contributing for both family and individuals suggest this is a process worth facilitating and using therapeutically in clinical work.

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