ERIC Number: EJ848083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
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African American Therapists Working with African American Families: An Exploration of the Strengths Perspective in Treatment
Bell-Tolliver, Laverne; Burgess, Ruby; Brock, Linda J.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v35 n3 p293-307 Jul 2009
With the exception of Hill's (1971, 1999) work, historically much of the literature on African American families has focused more on pathology than strengths. This study used interviews with 30 African American psychotherapists, self-identified as employing a strengths perspective with African American families, to investigate which strengths they identified in the families and how they use those strengths in therapy. Themes emerging from data analysis confirmed the continued importance of the five strengths Hill noted. In addition, two new strengths were identified by the participants: a willingness of a greater number of families to seek therapy, and the importance of family structure. Strategies used in engaging the families in therapy and practice implications for family therapists are discussed.
Descriptors: African Americans, Pathology, Family Structure, Data Analysis, Therapy, Family Counseling, African American Family, Interviews, Counselors, Counseling Techniques
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