Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Pittman, Frank

  • Tina Pittman WagersEmail author
  • Elizabeth Brawner Pittman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_812


Frank Smith Pittman, III, MD


Frank Pittman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1935 and died there in 2012. His career as a psychiatrist, family therapist, author, and speaker spanned over 50 years. During that time, Pittman made important contributions to the field of couple and family therapy, especially in the areas of infidelity, the use of family therapy as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization, the treatment of families in crisis and gender issues. Pittman was known for his revolutionary treatment methods, his optimism, humor, and tendency to be provocative in his challenges of accepted conventions in the fields of psychiatry and mental health treatment. His four books continue to be influential, and his movie column in the Psychotherapy Networker, which he wrote for over 25 years, helped him earn the title of “the Mark Twain of Psychotherapy.”


Pittman was valedictorian of his high school class in Alabama and graduated cum laude from Washington and...

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  1. Pittman, F. (1987). Turning points: Treating families in transition and crisis. New York: W.W. Norton.Google Scholar
  2. Pittman, F. (1989). Private lies: Infidelity and the betrayal of intimacy. New York: W.W. Norton.Google Scholar
  3. Pittman, F. (1992). Man enough: Fathers, sons, and the search for masculinity. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.Google Scholar
  4. Pittman, F. (1998). Grow up! How taking responsibility can make you a happy adult. New York: Golden Books.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tina Pittman Wagers
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elizabeth Brawner Pittman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and NeuroscienceUniversity of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.AtlantaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HarfordUSA