Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 137–146 | Cite as

The Impact of Christianity on Therapy with Latino Families

  • Renata Carneiro
Original Paper


Unquestioned patriarchal beliefs prescribed by religion often place women and racial and sexual minorities in positions of victimization. In the therapeutic framework, “God” represents unquestioned values that must be challenged and evaluated in order to have a transformative effect. As a result of the increase in the number of Latino immigrants to the United States, it is inevitable for therapists to work with Latino families, a highly religious population. The purpose of this paper is to explore, through a feminist perspective, the role of Christianity and the feminist movement in Latin America and the impact of Christianity on therapists’ work with Latino families.


Christianity Feminism Internalized oppression Latin America Minority groups Religion Spirituality Working alliance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Couple and Family Therapy DepartmentDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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