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Beliefs about stories: parents' and therapists' explanations of childhood difficulties

March, P. and Harris, P.R. (1996) Beliefs about stories: parents' and therapists' explanations of childhood difficulties. Contemporary Family Therapy, 18 (2). pp. 291-304. ISSN 0892-2764

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Therapists and parents were given vignettes describing the behavioural and emotional difficulties of two nine-year-old children and were asked to rate the importance of a number of possible explanations for such difficulties. Broad agreement was found between parents and therapists, but also there were a number of significant differences. Parents endorsed more child centered explanations and put greater emphasis on physical and developmental factors, while therapists endorsed relationships factors and saw the beliefs of other family members as important. Therapists who were parents showed a pattern of responses that lay between those of parents and non-parent therapists.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: parents' beliefs; therapists' beliefs; family therapy; emotional/behavioural problems
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Department of Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 14:34
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2009 14:34
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02196729
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Identification Number: 10.1007/BF02196729
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9937

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