Medical family therapy: an emerging arena for family therapy

William J. Doherty, Susan H. McDaniel, Jeri Hepworth

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This paper describes an important recent development in American family therapy. Medical family therapy uses a biopsychosocial systems model to work with families who have a member with a chronic illness or disability. The authors maintain that family therapy has tended to embrace the mind–body split and to view itself too narrowly as a mental health specialty. Medical family therapists work collaboratively with physicians and other health professionals to help families achieve a sense of agency and communion in facing some of the greatest challenges that life brings. Copyright © 1994, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-46
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Family Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994


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