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ERIC Number: ED556533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 102
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ISBN: 978-1-3037-3237-9
The Influence of Marriage and Family Therapy Training on Father-Son Relationships
Sowders, John Patrick
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Louisiana at Monroe
The current literature available seeking to describe the influence of mental health professions on family life is minimal. An exhaustive review of empirical research revealed that sixteen articles are present with the majority of the focus on distinct mental health professions outside of MFT such as psychiatry, social work and psychology. Two of the sixteen articles discussed the influence of MFT training on marriages and family life in general. The extensive body of literature available on fatherhood revealed a major need for father's voices to be used as the primary data (Lamb, 2000). Moreover, Morman and Floyd (2006) stated that the father-son relationship is one of great importance and long standing significance. The current study incorporates Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to describe the influence of MFT training on father-son relationships. The six major themes that arose from the data collected in the current study were (a) past experiences, (b) intentional systemic influence, (c) personal growth, (d) quality time, (e) struggles of fatherhood related to their MFT training and career and (f) balance. The significance of the data presented in this study brings forth an initial understanding to the MFT profession and the influences on father-son relationships. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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