Growing Maturity of the Field of Family Systems Therapy

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 31–33. Reviews the books, Couples in Treatment: Techniques and Approaches for Effective Practice by Gerald R. Weeks and Stephen Treat (1992) and Family Therapy with Couples: The Family-of-Origin Approach by David S. Freeman (1992). Both of these books stress the difficulty of establishing genuine intimacy in marriage, but Freeman ties intimacy to age, indicating that couples are not likely to establish intimacy until their late 30s or 40s. Both texts devote some time to the beginning stages of therapy but spend most of their time on the middle stages, with relatively less attention given to termination. None of the authors attempt to present a conclusion or summary of the contents of their books. In contrast, Weeks and Treat have intentionally designed their book for the beginning clinical student and have maintained a broader focus. Couples in Treatment is a “packed” book, it seems the authors were trying to say as much as they could within a 200-page space limitation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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