ON THE VALUE OF INTEGRATING APPROACHES TO FAMILY THERAPY

Jay L. Lebow*

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Abstract

This paper considers the strengths and weaknesses of an integrative approach to family therapy. An integrative approach can explain a broad range of human behavior, can shape intervention strategy in a manner appropriate to each case, can allow for treatment of a broad client population, can combine the strengths of each of the specific approaches, can promote objectivity in selection of strategies of change, and can permit easy expansion of the repertoire of techniques. The potential pitfalls basically revolve around the complexity of practice; in particular, the possibility of inconsistency of approach. With care, these pitfalls can be avoided. Integration is viewed as a viable alternative to school‐specific practice in family therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-138
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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