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Salts, Connie J.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Human and Family Resources


Family psychotherapy; Church schools


The use of family therapy in a school setting has gained recent attention. The following work briefly explores the recent literature relating to the use of family therapy in a school setting. Specific family therapy techniques are outlined in working with school related problems, as well as an illustrative case example. Although applications of family therapy in various settings are well documented, the amount of empirical research on the provision of such a service in a school setting (as opposed to traditional counseling services) is all but non-existent. The potential of parental participation in family therapy as well as key demographic variables which may be related to parental participation are explored. Results indicated that sex alone was the single best predictor of proposed parental participation. Females (mothers) were significantly more likely than males (fathers) to say they would participate in counseling involving a family therapy orientation. For males, no other demographic variables were found to be significantly related to a willingness to participate. For females, although not significant, trends were suggested by both age and current marital status. Younger mothers were slightly more willing than older mothers to say they would participate in counseling. Those women involved in non-traditional family arrangements (single parenthood or remarriage) were also more likely to express willingness to become engaged in therapy. The implications for the findings are discussed, as well as the limitations of the data and directions for future research.


Bibliography: pages [22]-24.


38 pages




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