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systemagazin Zeitschriftenarchiv: Journal of Family Therapy Heft 1/2005
1/2005 - 2/2005  - 3/2005 - 4/2005 - Übersicht


Eisler, Ivan (2005): A rose by any other name. In: Journal of Family Therapy 27(1), S. 1-2


Abela, Angela, Stephen Frosh & Emilia Dowling (2005): Uncovering beliefs embedded in the culture and its implications for practice: the case of Maltese married couples. In: Journal of Family Therapy 27(1), S. 3-23

abstract: Given the low incidence of marriage breakdown in Malta, this study investigates the level of marital satisfaction among Maltese couples and how they manage conflict between them. One particular interest in conducting this study has been that of exploring how cultural beliefs shape marital relationships and to what extent Maltese clinicians can rely on the Anglo-American literature in their clinical work with married couples. Three hundred and fifty-four randomly selected couples answered a self-administered questionnaire simultaneously and separately. A number of findings, namely the influence of a child-oriented family in the level of marital satisfaction and the predominance of a constructive style of conflict resolution, differed from those we normally find in the Anglo-American literature. The study addresses the importance of taking into account the cultural context when working with couples. The implications for practice of the various beliefs embedded in the culture are highlighted.


Ma, Joyce L.C. (2005): The diagnostic and therapeutic uses of family conflicts in a Chinese context: the case of anorexia nervosa. In: Journal of Family Therapy 27(1), S. 24-42

abstract: There are two untested cultural beliefs commonly held among family therapists in Hong Kong: (1) Chinese families are reserved in disclosing their conflicts to an 'outsider'; and (2) it would be culturally inappropriate to elicit family conflicts in treatment. In this article, an attempt is made to examine these cultural beliefs based on the results of a qualitative study of thirty-five Chinese patients suffering from anorexia nervosa. These patients and their families have participated in a pre-treatment family interview prior to the commencement of family treatment. The results of the study have shown that the afflicted Chinese families are very willing to disclose their difficulties to the researcher. The onset of the disorder has led to different types of family conflicts including: (1) overt family conflicts related to food refusal; (2) covert family conflicts; (3) increased sibling rivalry; (4) increased parent-child conflict; and (5) marital tension and distress. The clinical implications of this study are discussed at the end of the article.


Curtis, Elizabeth Anne & Marion Shirley Dixon (2005): Family therapy and systemic practice with older people: where are we now? In: Journal of Family Therapy 27(1), S. 43-64

abstract: Older people are becoming an increasingly significant group as demographic and cultural change impacts on their roles within the family and society. In this article we consider how family therapy and systemic practice with older people has developed over the past ten years from the early foundations identified by Richardson et al. in 1994. Although older people face particular challenges, themes such as social constructionism, attachment and narrative, familiar to therapists working with people earlier in the life cycle, have also been influential in work in this field. These developments have resulted in increasing recognition of the relevance of systemic practice in older people's services, but significant challenges remain.


Macdonald, Alasdair J. (2005): Brief therapy in adult psychiatry: results from fifteen years of practice. In: Journal of Family Therapy 27(1), S. 65-75

abstract: We report the outcomes from our solution-focused brief therapy outpatient clinic in adult mental health. A questionnaire was sent to clients and their family doctors one year after they ceased to attend. Seventy-five clients were referred, of whom fifty-three were seen and forty-one traced at follow-up. Thirty-one (76%) reported a good outcome, with an overall average of 5.02 sessions, 20% attending only one session. Combining these data with our previous studies, 170 referrals were received of whom 136 attended and 118 were traced. Good outcome was reported by eighty-three clients (70%) with a mean of 4.03 sessions per case. There was no significant difference between the groups in solving additional problems or seeking further professional help. New problems were significantly less common in the 'good outcome' group. Long-standing problems did less well. In all three studies there were no significant differences in outcome between socioeconomic groups.


Lange, Gregor, Declan Sheerin, Alan Carr, Barbara Dooley, Victoria Barton, David Marshall, Aisling Mulligan, Maria Lawlor, Mary Belton & Maeve Doyle (2005): Family factors associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and emotional disorders in children. In: Journal of Family Therapy 27(1), S. 76-96

abstract: Few well-controlled studies have identified psychosocial profiles of families of boys with ADHD and boys with emotional disorders compared with normal controls. However, the clinical and theoretical literature pinpoints four domains in which distinctive profiles would be expected to occur. In this study, twenty-two mothers and thirteen fathers of twenty-two boys with ADHD; twenty mothers and fifteen fathers of twenty boys with a mood or anxiety disorder; and twenty-six mothers and sixteen fathers of twenty-seven normal controls were compared on: (1) stress, support and quality of life; (2) current family functioning; (3) parenting style and satisfaction in the family of origin and current family; and (4) current and past parental functioning. The two clinical groups showed higher levels of stress and lower levels of both social support and quality of life than did normal controls. Both clinical groups showed deficits in current family functioning, but contrary to expectations the ADHD and emotional disorder group did not show distinctly different profiles. Parents of ADHD children reported higher levels of authoritarian parenting styles, and parents from both clinical groups reported less parenting satisfaction than did normal controls in both their current families and their families of origin. Parents of children with ADHD and emotional disorders reported greater parenting satisfaction in their families of origin than in their current families. This discrepancy was greatest for parents of ADHD children. Parents of children with ADHD and emotional disorders reported greater psychological health problems and more childhood ADHD symptomatology than did normal controls. Parents of children with ADHD and emotional disorders have significant psychosocial difficulties in family and personal functioning. Family intervention is highly appropriate for families with children who are referred for help with both types of difficulties.


Book Reviews. In: Journal of Family Therapy 27(1), S. 97-100

Books Reviewed: Marci Green and Marc Scholes, Attachment and Human Survival Eia Asen, Dave Tomson, Venetia Young and Peter Tomson, Ten Minutes for the Family, Systemic Interventions in Primary Care. James A. Marley, Family Involvement in Treating Schizophrenia - Models, Essential Skills, and Process.



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