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The Pathological Family

Postwar America and the Rise of Family Therapy
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Deborah Weinstein
Cornell Studies in the History of Psychiatry Cornell University Press
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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 patterns of family interaction and communication rather than in individual psyches. Drawing on cybernetics, systems theory, and the social and behavioral sciences, they ambitiously aimed to cure schizophrenia and stop juvenile delinquency. With particular sensitivity to the importance of scientific observation and visual technologies such as one-way mirrors and training films in shaping the young field, The Pathological Family examines how family therapy developed against the intellectual and cultural landscape of postwar America.
Introduction: The Power of the Family1. Personality Factories2. "Systems Everywhere": Schizophrenia, Cybernetics, and the Double Bind3. The Culture Concept at Work4. Observational Practices and Natural Habitats5. Visions of Family LifeEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex

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