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The pathological family : postwar America and the rise of family therapy

Author: Deborah Weinstein
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013.
Series: Cornell studies in the history of psychiatry.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
While iconic popular images celebrated family life during the 1950s and 1960s, American families were simultaneously regarded as potentially menacing sources of social disruption. The history of family therapy makes the complicated power of the family at midcentury vividly apparent. Clinicians developed a new approach to psychotherapy that claimed to locate the cause and treatment of mental illness in observable  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Weinstein
ISBN: 9780801451416 0801451418 9780801478215 0801478219
OCLC Number: 800721205
Description: xiii, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the power of the family --
Personality factories --
"Systems everywhere" : schizophrenia, cybernetics, and the double bind --
The culture concept at work --
Observational practices and natural habitats --
Visions of family life.
Series Title: Cornell studies in the history of psychiatry.
Responsibility: Deborah Weinstein.


The Pathological Family examines how family therapy developed against the intellectual and cultural landscape of postwar America.  Read more...


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"At first glanceDeborah Weinstein's study of family therapy traces a very familiar path. Mental health specialists leave the institutional treatment of severe mental illness for the more accessible Read more...

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