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This article consists of two parts. In the first, we present the findings of a pilot study of six families with an adolescent with end-stage renal disease. In the second, we describe four families and the role of the family therapist in their treatment.
Family medicine continues to strive to develop workable models of family-oriented health care. Prominent textbooks describe assessment and intervention frameworks using family conferences or counseling sessions involving several family members. All of these frameworks for working with family...
AIDS infection in newborns, young children, and their parents, particularly among the poor and people of color, represents the ultimate test of the soundness of treatment strategies. The tactics, goals, and power arrangements of treatment must be reexamined. Hopeful strategies that are...
The possibility that physicians have a common psychological profile is considered in the light of an article published on the subject in 1985. It is suggested that certain aspects of physician behavior may be understood as compensatory mechanisms for self-doubt, dependency, passivity, and...
Therapists often find themselves in strange and unworkable situations when they are asked to treat families defined as child abusing. Not uncommonly, this leads to “pretend therapy” in which the untrusting families seem to go through the motions of treatment while baffled therapists struggle...
The “patienting” process in intimate context is one of isolation, control, and disqualification of one family member by one or more other family members. This pattern is a manifestation of a root affective pattern called “definitional deficit” ( ) whereby an individual becomes defined as...
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