What an exciting journey! From the first paragraph, I was excited. By the second page, I was cheering. As I read further, no matter how my expectations soared, the author repeatedly exceeded them. Ruth Schmidt Neven is a psychologist and Tavistock‐trained psychoanalyst. While not claiming to be a Family Therapist, she constantly reminds the reader that a child or adolescent cannot be understood without a comprehensive exploration of her/his context, insisting on contact with the family and reaching more widely to schools, child care, and other significant people or situations which might provide insight into the context of the young person in therapy.In Part 1, the author begins by updating her previous critique on research practices in this field. Schmidt Neven writes, ‘The predominance of the bio‐behavioural paradigm and the loss of a developmental understanding of children's behaviour constitute potential risk factors … together with the increasingly reductionist approach to knowledge about childhood and parenting’ (p. 3). She is concerned that current research methodologies, such as outcome studies, manualisation of treatments, randomised controlled trials, etc., actually reinforce the de‐contextualised approach which she finds an anathema to good practice with young people (p. 4).Throughout the book, Schmidt Neven chooses to
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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