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Family Therapy

  1. Hamid Mirsalimi

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0348

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Mirsalimi, H. 2010. Family Therapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Argosy University/Atlanta

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Professional therapists, researchers, and other students of psychotherapy have long been curious about many questions relevant to the field: What constitutes a psychological problem, how could that problem be classified, what differentiates that problem from all others, what is the etiology of the problem, what are developmental sequelae of the problem, what is the most efficacious treatment approach, what is resilience, what is mental health, and many others. One particular question of interest has had to do with the unit identified as the patient. Whereas traditionally this unit was an individual, the emergence of the family therapy movement shifted that focus away from the individual and toward the family as the unit and the focus of study and treatment.


  • family therapy;
  • structural family therapy;
  • strategic family therapy;
  • Bowenian family therapy;
  • family of origin;
  • humanistic-experiential family therapy;
  • multicultural issues in family therapy