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A therapeutic tactic, used primarily by structural family therapists, whereby the therapist attempts to make personal adjustments in adapting to the family style, in an effort to build a therapeutic alliance with the family.
Clusters of alliances between family members within the overall family group; affiliations and splits from one another, temporary or permanent, occur in pursuit of homeostasis.
anorexia nervosa
Prolonged, severe diminution of appetite, particularly although not exclusively in adolescent females, to the point of becoming life threatening.
boundary making
A technique of structural family therapists aimed at realigning boundaries within a family by changing the psychological proximity (closer or further apart) between family subsystems.
Covert alliances or affiliations, temporary or long term, between certain family members against others in the family.
A family organization with overly rigid boundaries, in which members are isolated and feel unconnected to each other, each functioning separately and autonomously and without involvement in the day-to-day transactions within the family.
In structural family therapy, a facilitating intervention in which the family is induced to enact or play out its relationship patterns spontaneously during a therapeutic session, allowing the therapist to observe and ultimately to develop a plan or new set of rules for restructuring future transactions.
A family organization in which boundaries between members are blurred and members are over concerned and over involved in each other’s lives, limiting individual autonomy.
family mapping
An assessment technique used by structural family therapists to graphically describe a family’s overall organizational structure and determine which subsystem is involved in dysfunctional transactions.
The therapeutic tactic of entering a family system by engaging its separate members and subsystems, gaining access in order to explore and ultimately to help modify dysfunctional aspects of that system.
A tactic used particularly by structural family therapists, who attempt to copy or mimic a family’s communication and behavioral patterns in order to gain acceptance by the family members.
The ease or flexibility with which members can cross subsystem boundaries within the family.
Influence, authority, and control over an outcome.
Relabeling behavior by putting it into a new, more positive perspective (Mother is trying to help rather than She’s intrusive), thus altering the context in which it is perceived and inviting new responses to the same behavior.
A therapeutic tactic associated with structural family therapy, in which the therapist deliberately attends to the symbols, style, language, and values of the family, using them to influence the family’s transactional patterns.
A process in which each parent demands that a child ally with him or her against the other parent during parental conflict.
In structural family therapy, a technique for altering the hierarchical relationship between members of a system or subsystem by supporting one member and thus upsetting family homeostasis.