*M. Duncan Stanton, PhD, is Director, Addicts and Families Program, and senior psychologist, Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic; Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Director of Family Therapy, Drug Dependence Treatment Center, Philadelphia VA Hospital.
An Integrated Structural/Strategic Approach To Family Therapy
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 427–439, October 1981
How to Cite
Stanton, M. D. (1981), An Integrated Structural/Strategic Approach To Family Therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 7: 427–439. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1981.tb01397.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
While the structural and strategic family approaches have many similarities, their espoused differences have sometimes left therapists in a position of having to choose between them. However, they may be more compatible than has commonly been believed. This paper reviews their basic concepts and operations and presents a model for integrating both approaches in a concurrent and contrapuntal fashion, drawing on the best and most appropriate features of each. Case examples are used to clarify points. Special attention is given to the technique of “strategic disengagement.” A set of rules is provided for decision-making as to when one approach or the other might be applied.