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Chapter 7 Structural Family Therapy

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accommodation
Elements of a system automatically adjust to coordinate their functioning: pepole may gave to work at it
boundaries
A concept used in structural family therapy to describe emotional barriers that protect and enhance the integrity of individuals, subsystems, and families.
coalition
an alliance between two persons or social units against a third
cross-generational coalition
an inappropriate alliance between a parent and child, who side together against a third member of the family
disengagement
Minuchin's term for psychological isolation that results from overly rigid boundaries around individuals and subsystems in a family
empathy
Understanding and acknowledging what someone is really feeling: in structural family therapy, empathy is used to help clients stop bickering and talk about their feelings.
enactment
an interaction stimulated in structural family therapy to observe and then change transactions that make up family structure
enmeshment
Minuchin's term for loss of autonomy due to a blurring of psychological boundaries
family structure
the functional organization of a family that determines how family members interact
hierarchical structure
family functioning based on clear generational boundaries, where the parents maintain control and authority.
intensity
Minuchin's term for changing maladaptive transactions by using strong affect, repeated intervention, or prolonged pressure.
joining
a structural family therapy term for accepting and accommodating to families to win their condifence and circumvent resistance
reframing
Relabeling a family's description of behavior to make it more amenable to theraputic change; for example, describing some one as, "discouraged" rather than "depressed"
shaping competence
Reinforcing positives rather than confronting deficiences
structure
recurrent patterns of interactions that define and stabilize the shape of relationships.
subsystem
Smaller units in families, determined by generations, sex, or function