Small Steps and Big Leaps in an Era of Cultural Transition: A Crisis in a Traditional Kosovar Albanian Family

Authors

  • CARLOS E. SLUZKI M.D.,

    1. Sluzki is Research Professor, Department of Public Policy and Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Fairfax VA, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington DC. (csluzki@gmu.edu).
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  • FERID N. AGANI M.D.

    1. Dr. Agani is Director, Department of Strategic Management and Development, Ministry of Health of Kosova, and Assistant Professor of Neuropsychiatry, University of Prishtina, Kosova (feridag9@hotmail.com).
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  • The collaboration that led to this article took place in the course of the ongoing Kosovar Family Professional Education Collaborative project jointly conducted by a team of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the American Family Therapy Academy, and a learn of leading Kosovar mental health professionals.

Abstract

This ethnographic vignette details the way a difficult crisis in an extended Kosovar family was managed by its own members within the mandates of that overtly patriarchal culture while creating important avenues for change. The cultural and historic context for these events is provided, and the nuances of this solution-oriented, culturally congruent, “natural” (i.e., not in a therapeutic context) process are discussed.

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