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Psychological functioning in families that blame: from blaming events to theory integration

Bowen, C., Stratton, P. and Madill, A. (2005) Psychological functioning in families that blame: from blaming events to theory integration. Journal of Family Therapy, 27 (4). pp. 309-329. ISSN 1467-6427

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Abstract

Blaming events in therapy were used as a focus for discussions with family therapists in order to examine their construal of the therapeutic process when working with families who blame. Interview transcripts were used as data and this was analysed using a qualitative methodology, with a view to building a theoretical model. We present an exploratory model that allows therapists to position their therapy within a broader framework of psychological approaches. When prompted by a video-clip of blaming from the therapy setting, therapists tended to categorize current difficulties in terms of fear and control issues from past relationships and consequent underlying beliefs, and they also described the resultant negative outlook as a direct challenge to therapist idealism. Interestingly, the two themes that emerged from the interview data with the most categories and quotes were ‘unhealthy allocation of responsibility for problems’, which is arguably the main source of overt blaming, and ‘family identity and cohesion’, so often a point of contention during therapy.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2005 The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. An author produced version of this work will be freely available from November 2006. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com.
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > Institute of Psychological Sciences (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > Institute of Psychological Sciences (Leeds) > Leeds Family Therapy and Research Centre
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:02
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6427.2005.0325.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing - Published on behalf of The Association for Family Therapy
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-6427.2005.0325.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1494

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