Systemic Therapy as ``committed exchange about reality-constructing.'' Empirical reconstructions of therapeutic interactions

Autor(en): von Schlippe, A
Braun-Bronneke, A
Schroder, K
Stichwörter: Family Studies
Erscheinungsdatum: 1998
Volumen: 11
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 70
Seitenende: 79
A systemic viewpoint sees psychotherapy as ``committed exchange about reality-constructing.'' This opens certain diagnostic perspectives: which descriptions do interventions implicitly contain? Do they offer more options for the help-seeking system than before? In general: do they make a difference ``that makes a difference''? Two empirical accesses were needed: (I) Every circular therapist question during a family-therapy process (17 sessions) was analyzed: which implication is suggested to describe reality? The reactions of the family members were assessed: did they accept or refuse the implication? According tn subject, 18 clusters occurred, and in some of them evident changes showed up during the process, revealing the effectiveness of therapy. (2) All interactions in one session were questioned as to which implicit suggestions for reality description were made by any speaker (therapist/client). A set of categories is presented that shows the moments when the therapeutic discourse lost its power when the therapists did not offer any more constructive differences in the descriptions of the clients, but rather took over their implications.
ISSN: 09333053
DOI: 10.1007/s004910050027

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