Family therapy as collaborative work
1994 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
The present investigation forms a part of a larger project on family therapy talk "Family therapy and social interaction". Discourse analyses are based on different subsets of more than a hundred videotaped family therapy sessions (with 20 families) and post-therapy interviews with the families and their therapists. This work comprises an introduction, summarizing the whole work, and 5 studies. three on conflict talk in families with teenagers and two on conflict talk in families with preschoolers. Although the child's participation in family therapy talk was the rnain focus, the parents' and the therapists' participation was also analyzed. A second focus was on discursive strategies. Theoretically, the analyses are based on Goffman (facework, participation), Bakhtin (voice) and Ochs et al. (eo-narration). Family therapy talk is analyzed as an asymmetricaltype of collaboration. When eo-narrating in teenage therapies, the family members ratify same side-stories and disqualify alternative stories. It was possible to trace family alignments and realignments in the ways stories were told or challenged. Therapists seem to arrange talk by perspective setting. This was partly achieved through a discursive strategy for co ordinating therapy talk, i.e. orchestration, which refers to how therapists monitor who is to talk to whom. In terms of what I refer to as time space analyses, preschoolers participated interactively (14%) to a greater extent than word space analysesindicated (3.5%). Yet, in many ways the preschoolers were somewhat peripheral participants. The parents of the preschoolers were the therapists' main conversational partners. On the whole, the parents primarily addressed the therapists, and not each other. Moreover, mothers dominated as narrators of children's problems.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 1994. , 86 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 106
Participation, Voice, Facework, Participant status, Perspective setting, Orchestration, Moral examination, Time-space analysis, Normality
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-29121Local ID: 14381ISBN: 91-7871-358-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-29121DiVA: diva2:249934
1994-06-07, Sal 1, Hus A, Universitetsområdet Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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