University of Leicester
Browse
credibility and blame paper - FINAL - 27th October 2014 - blind - Revision 2 -FINAL.pdf (316.37 kB)

Blame and accountability in family therapy: Making sense of therapeutic spaces discursively

Download (316.37 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 2015-09-01, 14:19 authored by Michelle O'Reilly
Systemic family therapy promotes a systemic reframing of individual problems to an understanding of the familial processes influencing family functioning. Parents often attend therapy identifying their child as the key problem which raises issues of accountability and blame. In this paper, we explored the discursive practices used by parents for constructing themselves as ‘good parents’. Using the basic principles of conversation analysis and discursive psychology, we analysed actual therapeutic sessions and found that parents used a range of strategies to display their good parenting and manage blame. This included directly stating it, illustrating how they act in their child’s best interests, showing that they parent in appropriate ways and by making appeals to scientific rhetoric. It was concluded that in family therapy, the therapists have a challenging task in managing competing versions of events and dealing with blame. We discuss the implications for practice.

History

Citation

Qualitative Psychology, 2014, 1 (2), pp. 163-177 Special Section: Applied discursive Psychology

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND PSYCHOLOGY/School of Psychology

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Qualitative Psychology

Publisher

American Psychological Association, Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (a Section of APA Division 5)

issn

2326-3598

eissn

2326-3601

Copyright date

2014

Available date

2015-09-01

Publisher version

http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=search.displayrecord&uid=2014-36607-007

Language

en

Usage metrics

    University of Leicester Publications

    Categories

    No categories selected

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC