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Constructionist Family Theoretical Perspectives

  • By: Harlene Anderson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Constructionist-oriented practice is distinguished by an emphasis on the communal construction of social reality, specifically the development of knowledge and truth through relationships and the influence of language and society. This emphasis on communal construction informs a medical family therapy and psychotherapy practice that is a partnership model in which patient/client and practitioner engage in a shared inquiry about the presenting problem and mutually design its solution.

The description and discussion of a constructionist family theoretical perspective in this entry presents the concept and associated practice in a general manner. The ideas and their translation to practice may be found in medical and mental health contexts, across health care disciplines, and with individuals, families, and groups of patients/clients and with colleagues.

Construction of Social Reality

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