Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Prata, Giuliana

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1038-1


Prata, Guiliana


Giuliana Prata was a medical doctor practicing psychiatry in Milan, Italy. She is one of the originators of the Milan systemic approach and, later, one of the four second-generation Milan group members. She authored two books: A systemic jolt to “family game”: The new method, in 1977, and A systemic harpoon into family games: Preventative interventions in family therapy, in 1988. She also co-authored one book with colleagues of the Milan group – and several journal articles. Her works were first published in Italian then later translated to English, French, and Spanish.


Guiliana Prata was a practicing psychiatrist in Milan, Italy, during the 1960s. In 1967, she became one of the eight original psychiatrists of the Milan group lead by Mara Selvini-Palazzoli. This original Milan group disbanded in 1971, leaving Prata, along with Selvini-Palazzoli, Luigi Boscolo, and Gianfranco Cecchin, to form the second-generation Milan Group. The group opened...

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Key Citations

  1. Barrows, S. (1982). Interview with Mara Selvini and Giuliana Prata. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 10, 60–69.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Boscolo, L., Checchin, G., Hoffman, L., & Penn, P. (1987). Milan systemic family therapy: Conversations in theory and practice. New York: Basic Books.Google Scholar
  3. Johnson, C. H. (1998). Using social work theory to engage with gatekeepers in researching the sensitive topic of intra-familial homicide. Qualitative Social Work, 17, 423–438.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Prata, G. (1988). A systemic jolt to “family game”: The new method. Helsinki: Valtion.Google Scholar
  5. Prata, G. (1990). A systemic harpoon into family games: Preventative interventions in family therapy. New York: Brunner/Mazel.Google Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California State UniversitySacramentoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA