The social construction of marriage and a narrative approach to treatment of intrarelationship diversity

Danica Aniciete, Kristy Soloski

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Abstract

Simultaneously with societal policies and values, marital arrange-ments have changed in terms of intrarelationship diversity andlongevity. This occurrence leads to the ability to conceptualizemarriage as a socially constructed entity. Cultural identificationinfluences the expectations surrounding marriage, encompass-ing multiple dimensions: collectivism/individualism, race, gender,and religion, among others. Many relationship conflicts are relatedto an individual’s dreams, which are likely to be influenced byinternalized expectations stemming from one’s cultural upbring-ing. The authors propose a narrative treatment model for a couple,which includes a variation of a cultural genogram, and uti-lizesexternalizing conversations, re-authoring conversations, andre-membering conversations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-126
JournalJournal of Feminist Family Therapy
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

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