Communicating About Communication

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 72–74. Reviews the films, The Hillcrest Family: Studies in Human Communication. Assessment Interview 3 (1968); A Context Analysis of Family Interviews, Part I: Adult Positions (1974); and The Hillcrest Family: Studies in Human Communication. Assessment Consultation 3 (1968). This series consists of three color films. The first consists of an interview by Jackson of four children and their parents. A curious aspect of this film is the manner in which the therapist interacts with the children. The second is the heart of the three-part series and is a presentation of the communications analysis approach to family therapy. According to the distributor, it is meant to be a “complete” film and to stand on its own, although it is assumed that the viewer has seen the original interview. The third film, is an 11-minute interview in which Ruth Peachey questions Jackson about his interpretation of what occurred and about his technique. It is an important movement and deserves a better presentation than this film series provides. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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