Jerry Gale, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Family Development, The University of Georgia, Dawson Hall, Athens, GA 30602.
A CONVERSATION ANALYSIS OF A SOLUTION-FOCUSED MARITAL THERAPY SESSION*
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 18, Issue 2, pages 153–165, April 1992
How to Cite
Gale, J. and Newfield, N. (1992), A CONVERSATION ANALYSIS OF A SOLUTION-FOCUSED MARITAL THERAPY SESSION. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 18: 153–165. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1992.tb00926.x
*Portions of this paper were presented at the 48th annual conference of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy, Washington, DC, October, 1990.
We gratefully acknowledge the efforts and comments of G. H. “Bud” Morris in helping to analyze the data, as well as the support of Ray Becvar, Dorothy Becvar, and Nancy Bell in work be minutely analyzed. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the comments and suggestions of Douglas Sprenkle, Sidney Moon, and the anonymous reviewers.
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
This study is a qualitative exploration of the therapeutic process occurring in a solution-focused therapy session. A complete one-session solution-focused marital therapy case conducted by Bill O'Hanlon was analyzed using conversation analysis. Conversation analysis is a method of data analysis that describes how language is used to elicit new constructions of reality; it offers descriptive categories useful to both clinicians and researchers. Through intense examination of the communications of the therapist, wife, and husband, nine categories of linguistic strategies used by O'Hanlon in his pursuit of solution-focused conversation are developed. Implications of these strategies for the field are discussed.