Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Madanes, Cloe

  • Cezanne M. EliasEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_754-1


Cloe Madanes (1940–present)


Cloe Madanes is a pioneer of the strategic approach to family therapy and strategic humanism. She has authored several articles and seven books that have been translated into more than 20 languages.


Madanes studied psychology in Buenos Aires. Influenced after reading about the double bind theory, she worked at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, California. After her work at MRI, she became a professor of family therapy in Argentina. In 1971, she began work with Jay Haley, Salvador Minuchin, and Braulio Montalvo at the Philadelphia Guidance Clinic. Madanes worked as an assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Maryland Hospital and Howard University Hospital from 1974 to 1980, and as an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland from 1980 to 1984. In 1975, Madanes and Haley opened the Family Therapy Institute at Washington, DC. She served as the director of both the institute in...

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Key Citations

  1. Madanes, C. (1980). Protection, paradox, and pretending. Family Process, 19, 73–85.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Madanes, C. (1981a). Behind the one-way mirror: Advances in the practice of strategic therapy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Google Scholar
  3. Madanes, C. (1981b). Strategic family therapy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Google Scholar
  4. Madanes, C. (1990). Sex, love, and violence: Strategies for transformation. New York: W W Norton.Google Scholar
  5. Madanes, C., & Haley, J. (1979). Dimensions of family therapy. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 165, 88–89.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eli Karam
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA