Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.
THE RESTRUCTURING OF FAMILY SCHEMAS:A COGNITIVE–BEHAVIOR PERSPECTIVE
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 31, Issue 1, pages 15–30, January 2005
How to Cite
Dattilio, F. M. (2005), THE RESTRUCTURING OF FAMILY SCHEMAS:A COGNITIVE–BEHAVIOR PERSPECTIVE. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 31: 15–30. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2005.tb01540.x
Parts of this article were drawn from a lecture series presented by the author at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, and the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, during the summer of 2004. The author would like to acknowledge Eric Frey of Lehigh University for his assistance with the literature review, as well as the support of a visiting scholar grant issued by Massey University of New Zealand.
- Issue published online: 1 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2007
Cognitive–behavior therapists define schemas as cognitive structures that organize thought and perception. Schemas are also viewed as having an integral influence on emotion and behavior. In this article, I examine the role of schema in family conflict and the specific interventions used in restructuring them during the course of family therapy. Further discussion highlights the concepts of attributions, assumptions, and family standards, and the role they play in schemas, as well as the overall family dynamics. Finally, a series of steps are suggested for facilitating the process of schema analysis and thought restructuring during the process of family therapy.