John J. Lawless, PhD, Stephanie Brooks, MSW, and Stacey Julye, MSS, Programs in Couple and Family Therapy, Drexel University.
TEXTUAL REPRESENTATION OF DIVERSITY IN COAMFTE ACCREDITED DOCTORAL PROGRAMS
Version of Record online: 1 MAY 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 3–15, January 2006
How to Cite
Lawless, J. J., Brooks, S. and Julye, S. (2006), TEXTUAL REPRESENTATION OF DIVERSITY IN COAMFTE ACCREDITED DOCTORAL PROGRAMS. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 32: 3–15. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2006.tb01584.x
Paper was presented at AAMFT's 2003 National Conference in Long Beach, CA.
- Issue online: 1 MAY 2007
- Version of Record online: 1 MAY 2007
The use of the Internet is growing at a staggering pace. One significant use of the Internet is for potential students and the parents of potential students to explore educational possibilities. Along these lines potential marriage and family therapy students may have many questions that include a program's commitment to cultural diversity. This study utilized qualitative content analysis methodology in combination with critical race theory to examine how Commission On Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredited doctoral programs represented cultural text on their World Wide Web pages. Findings indicate that many COAMFTE-accredited doctoral programs re-present programmatic information about diversity that appear to be incongruent with cultural sensitivity. These apparent incongruities are highlighted by the codification, inconsistent, and isolated use of cultural text. In addition, cultural text related to social justice was absent. Implications and suggestions are discussed.