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Gender and family therapy: Adding a bi-level belief systems component to assessment


This article proposes that most couples requesting therapy describe gender socialized patterns as part of their relationship issues. Adding a component to assessment derived from principles of strategic and systemic family therapies and post-modernist feminist psychology which examines the couple's gendered belief system context is described. The belief system context is identified as the family's epistemology about gendering at the family belief system and sociocultural belief system level contexts. Three dimensions of the gendered belief system and a method for assessing the functionality of the belief system are discussed.

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Terry, L.L. Gender and family therapy: Adding a bi-level belief systems component to assessment. Contemp Fam Ther 14, 199–210 (1992).

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  • Health Psychology
  • System Level
  • Social Issue
  • System Component
  • Family Therapy