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ERIC Number: ED128663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Family: Laboratory for Human Behavior.
Irish, Grace
An effectively functioning family is one in which each member is able to exchange opinions; affection, views and information. The member learns in the family to relate with ease to others and to accept himself. Family group consultation is a means of helping families to become effective as the members relate better to each other. Other approaches to family counseling do not meet this criterion because they emphasize division of the family or ignore the importance of actual family interaction. The specific course of family group consultation as it ranges from information gathering to commitment and interaction of group members on suggested changes in behavior patterns is described. The final session of a group is used for summarizing the consultation process after eight or twelve weeks of meetings. A research test in 1965 on this family counseling method did not show statistically significant changes occurring among the participants. There is other evidence that changes in family functioning do occur and that the method meets a distinct need of many families. Further evaluation of family group consultation is suggested. (NS)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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