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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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STRUCTURAL FAMILY SYSTEMS MODEL: SALVADOR MINUCHIN

Systemic thinking does not look inside the individual … to explain behavior. Rather, internal feeling states are seen as the individual’s response to his or her own behavior and to the behavior of others in the social environment.

(Schultz, 1984, p. 74)

Structural theory family therapy was developed by Salvador Minuchin and became very influential in the 1970s. In contrast with Bowen, who focused on emotional interactions within a family system, Minuchin observed family interactions from a structural perspective. The family structure is the organized pattern in which family members interact. It is a set of covert rules that governs transactions in the family. Family structures are typically ...

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