Structural-strategic approaches to couple and family therapy

Victoria Behar Mitrani, Maria Alejandra Perez

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Other textbooks on family and couple therapy have had separate chapters for the structural and strategic approaches. In this volume, the two models, structural family therapy, as developed by Salvador Minuchin, and strategic family therapy, as developed by Jay Haley, are presented together because of their common emphasis on systems and structure. Both approaches aim to realign family organization to produce change in the entire system, and both are focused on the hierarchical organization of the family. We have chosen to highlight the branch of strategic family therapy developed by Jay Haley because of its structural framework. Other strategically oriented approaches are no less influential than Haley’s and have, in fact, been precursors to many of the dominant movements in modern family therapy approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Family Therapy
Subtitle of host publicationThe Science and Practice of Working with Families and Couples
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)020349041X, 9781135451318
ISBN (Print)1583913254, 9781583913260
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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