Feminist Family Therapy: Empowerment in Social Context

Pages: 393
Item #: 4317014
ISBN: 978-1-59147-021-2
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Copyright: 2003
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Feminist Family Therapy offers case-based discussions that address race, gender, and class as they effect the personal problems of individual families. While keeping an explicit focus on clinical work, this volume highlights power differentials in families and larger systems.

Notable authors examine family issues such as couple intimacy, divorce, migration, lesbian mother families, and parent-child conflict. This book is sure to inspire therapists who have been working with an individual focus to include feminist family therapy in their work. It will also contribute to the continuing development of feminist theory and practice in family therapy.

Table of Contents


—Rachel T. Hare-Mustin



I. Considering the Historical Context of Feminism in Family Therapy

  1. A Feminist Family Therapist's Work is Never Done
    —Thelma Jean Goodrich
  2. Classic Texts and Early Critiques
    —Louise B. Silverstein

II. Reframing Life-Cycle Issues

  1. Over the Rainbow: The Lesbian Family
    —Kris Halstead
  2. "I Can't Go Back": Divorce as Adaptive Resistance
    —Joy K. Rice
  3. Repairing the World: An Adolescent and Her Parents
    —Kaethe Weingarten
  4. Loyalty to Family of Origin
    —Roberta L.Nutt
  5. Gender in Stepfamilies: Daughters and Fathers
    —Anne C. Bernstein

III. Contextualizing Racial and Ethnic Identities in Families

  1. Contemporary African American Families
    —Ruth Hall and Beverly Greene
  2. Relationships Between Women in Families: Voices of Chivalry
    —Leslye King Mize
  3. Confucian Past, Conflicted Present: Working With Asian American Families
    —Liang Tien and Kari Olsen
  4. The Black Madonna: The Psychospiritual Feminism of Guadalupe, Kali, and Monserrat
    —Lillian Comas-Díaz

IV. Recognizing Power in Families

  1. Helping Men Embrace Equality
    —Gary. R. Brooks
  2. Treating Male Alexithymia
    —Ronald F. Levant
  3. Women's Secrets in Therapy
    —Evan Imber-Black
  4. Gendered Constraints to Intimacy in Heterosexual Couples
    —Cheryl Rampage
  5. Gender, Marriage, and Depression
    —Peggy Papp
  6. Bringing Power From the Margins to the Center
    —Lynn Parker

V. Analyzing Service Delivery Systems

  1. Incarcerated African American Women
    —Janet Brice-Baker
  2. A Venn Diagram: Feminism, Family Therapy, and Family Medicine
    —Lucy M. Candib
  3. Gender, Couples, and Illness: A Feminist Analysis of Medical Family Therapy
    —Susan H. McDaniel and Kathleen Cole-Kelly
  4. The Women's Center. Feminism in the Treatment of AIDS
    —Anitra Pivnik

VI. Addressing Sociopolitical Forces

  1. Creating Collectives of Liberation
    —Rhea V. Almeida
  2. Biracial Lesbian-Led Adoptive Families
    —Natalie S. Eldridge and Susan E. Barrett
  3. Assessment of Domestic Violence
    —Michele Harway
  4. Class, Culture, and Gender in Immigrant Families
    —Jaime Inclán

VII. Examining Supervision in Feminist Family Therapy

  1. The Gender Metaframework
    —Betty Mac Kune-Karrer and Catherine Weigel Foy
  2. Naming Injustice, Engendering Hope: Tensions in Feminist Family Therapy Training
    —Jean Turner and Judith Myers-Avis

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Louise B. Silverstein, PhD, is an associate professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York, where she has taught courses in family therapy and the social construction of gender since 1992. Dr. Silverstein is a past president of APA's Division 43 (Family Psychology).

Dr. Silverstein is cofounder, with Dr. Carl Auerbach, of the Yeshiva University Fatherhood Project, a qualitative research study of fathering from a multicultural perspective. In 2001, Dr. Silverstein and Dr. Auerbach received the Distinguished Research Award for this project from APA Division 51, the Society for the Study of Men and Masculinity.

Dr. Silverstein's publications focus on fathering, feminist theory, and the social construction of gender. She also has a book forthcoming entitled An Introduction to Coding and Analyzing Data in Qualitative Research, coauthored with Carl Auerbach. In 2000, the Association of Women in Psychology awarded Dr. Silverstein and Dr. Auerbach the Distinguished Publication Award for coauthoring the article "Deconstructing the Essential Father," which was published in APA's flagship journal, the American Psychologist.

Dr. Silverstein is also a family therapist in private practice in Brooklyn, New York.

Thelma Jean Goodrich, PhD, is the associate director of the Family Medicine Residency Program and the director of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston after 3 years at Columbia University in New York and 15 years with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

She is the coauthor of Feminist Family Therapy: A Casebook (T. J. Goodrich, C. Rampage, B. Ellman, & K. Halstead, 1988) and editor of Women and Power: Perspectives for Family Therapy (1991).