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Building a case for good parenting in a family therapy systemic environment: Resisting blame and accounting for children’s behaviour

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posted on 2015-09-15, 08:27 authored by Michelle J. O'Reilly, J. Lester
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 article, 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. This included directly claiming to be a good parent, 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 family therapists have a challenging task in managing competing versions of events and we discussed implications for practice.

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Citation

Journal of Family Therapy, 2015 (In press)

Author affiliation

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

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Journal of Family Therapy

Publisher

Wiley for Association for Family Therapy and Systematic Practice

issn

1467-6427

Acceptance date

2015-07-31

Copyright date

2015

Available date

2017-09-09

Publisher version

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-6427.12094/full

Language

en

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