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Title: Building a case for good parenting in a family therapy systemic environment: Resisting blame and accounting for children’s behaviour
Authors: O'Reilly, Michelle J.
Lester, J.
First Published: 9-Sep-2015
Publisher: Wiley for Association for Family Therapy and Systematic Practice
Citation: Journal of Family Therapy, 2015 (In press)
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1111/1467-6427.12094
ISSN: 1467-6427
Links: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-6427.12094/full
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33044
Embargo on file until: 9-Sep-2017
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015 The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: O'Reilly, M. and Lester, J. N. (2015), Building a case for good parenting in a family therapy systemic environment: resisting blame and accounting for children's behaviour. Journal of Family Therapy , which has been published in final form at dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-6427.12094. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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