Postmodernism in marriage and family therapy training: Doctoral students' understanding and experiences

Elizabeth Wieling, Michael A. Negretti, Sean Stokes, Thomas Kimball, Faline Bateman Christensen, Laura Bryan

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to advance our understanding of how doctoral students perceive postmodernism's influence in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). According to the literature, postmodernism has had a profound impact on many fields, including MFT. However, tracking of how postmodernism is actually being rendered in theory, research, practice, and training warrants investigation. This study utilized focus group interviews to investigate the perceptions of MFT doctoral students. Findings suggest that while participants are attracted to postmodern tenets, they also report feeling a mixture of liberation and excitement with confusion and fear regarding how postmodernism is influencing MFT models of therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-533
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2001

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