On the Problems of Eclecticism: A Call for Epistemologic Clarification and Human‐Scale Theories

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Abstract

This paper addresses several contemporary theoretical issues in the family therapy field: clinicians' and students' selection of a theoretical orientation in light of the political struggles of competing schools of thought; problems of eclecticism for the practicing family therapist; the role of theory in clinical practice; and size and scope issues in theory‐building. Finally, the paper suggests a periodic activity, termed an Epistemologic Declaration, designed to help therapists clarify and refine their basic therapeutic beliefs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-250
Number of pages8
JournalFamily Process
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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