The systems approach to the family is based on the assumptions that there is equality between men and women in the family, and that women and men are treated equally in clinical practice. The contributors to this book challenge these hidden assumptions, discussing the issues from both a conceptual and clinical viewpoint. They argue strongly that questions of gender and power should be central to family therapy training and practice.
Preface to the 2011 Edition -- Introduction I -- Introduction II -- Conceptual Frameworks -- A feminist perspective in family therapy -- Equality, asymmetry, and diversity: on conceptualizations of gender -- Strategies of Intervention -- Feminism and family therapy: can mixed marriages work? -- Feminism and strategic therapy: contradiction or complementarity? -- The struggle towards a feminist practice in family therapy: premisses -- The struggle towards a feminist practice in family therapy: practice -- Applications: Specific Clinical Issues -- The mother-daughter relationship and the distortion of reality in childhood sexual abuse -- Intelligence, achievement, and gender: the ramifications of a case-study -- Working with women in families -- What About Men? -- The place of men in a gender-sensitive therapy -- Masculinity and family work -- Applications: Wider Systems -- 'The little woman' and the world of work -- Why a group for women only? -- Psychotherapy, oppression and social action: gender, race, and class in black women's depression