The social construction of marriage and a narrative approach to treatment of intra-relationship diversity

Danica Aniciete, Kristy Lee Soloski

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Abstract

Simultaneously with societal policies and values, marital arrangements have changed in terms of intrarelationship diversity and longevity. This occurrence leads to the ability to conceptualize marriage as a socially constructed entity. Cultural identification influences the expectations surrounding marriage, encompassing multiple dimensions: collectivism/individualism, race, gender, and religion, among others. Many relationship conflicts are related to an individual's dreams, which are likely to be influenced by internalized expectations stemming from one's cultural upbringing. The authors propose a narrative treatment model for a couple, which includes a variation of a cultural genogram, and utilizesexternalizing conversations, re-authoring conversations, and re-membering conversations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-126
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Feminist Family Therapy
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Intervention
  • Marriage
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Social construction

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