Therapy with Minority Families

  • Jo-Ann M. Rivera
  • Jandyra Velazquez


Clinicians increasingly are convinced of the central contribution of healthy, well integrated families to the life and identity of society and its members. A family is not merely a collection of people or aggregate of individual psyches occupying a particular physical and temporal space. Nor is it just a social group characterized by a common residence, economic cooperation, and reproduction. A family is a natural social system with a structure, development, and function that builds into a vast network of interpersonal relationships. It involves conscious and unconscious processes that provide its members with an identity and a historical continuity. Family systems provide the primary environment for growth, development of identity, and sense of belonging in the world. All its members, including adults, move in an evolutionary process, which challenges each member to new and different developmental tasks and roles. Family norms function to bind this unit in a common culture and boundary.


Nuclear Family Family System Joint Family Minority Family Hispanic Family 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jo-Ann M. Rivera
    • 1
  • Jandyra Velazquez
    • 2
  1. 1.Family Studies SectionAlbert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx Psychiatric CenterBronxUSA
  2. 2.Child, Adolescent, and Family ServicesFordham Tremont Community Mental Health CenterBronxUSA

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