Individualism, Family Ideology and Family Therapy

  title={Individualism, Family Ideology and Family Therapy},
  author={Blaine J. Fowers and Frank C. Richardson},
  journal={Theory \& Psychology},
  pages={121 - 151}
This paper examines the ethical aims of family therapy and its relationship to the ideals of contemporary culture. Although family therapy has defined itself in part by rejecting an individualistic view of persons, it appears to have adopted a normative ideal for families that is tightly bound up with modern individualism. The modern nuclear family is a crucial support for individual autonomy in contemporary society through its provision of a private, emotionally intimate environment. By… 
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