A Feminist Approach to Family Therapy
Article first published online: 11 AUG 2004
Volume 17, Issue 2, pages 181–194, June 1978
How to Cite
HARE-MUSTIN, R. T. (1978), A Feminist Approach to Family Therapy. Family Process, 17: 181–194. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.1978.00181.x
- Issue published online: 11 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 11 AUG 2004
Although family therapy recognizes the importance of the social context as a determiner of behavior, family therapists have not examined the consequences of traditional socialization practices that primarily disadvantage women. The unquestioned reinforcement of stereotyped sex roles takes place in much of family therapy. A feminist therapy orientation that considers the consequences of stereotyped sex roles and the statuses prescribed by society for females and males should be part of family therapy practice. This paper describes the ways in which family therapists who are aware of their own biases and those of the family can change sexist patterns through applying feminist principles to such areas as the contract, shifting tasks in the family, communication, generational boundaries, relabeling deviance, modeling, and therapeutic alliances.