Title

Contemporary MFT Theories and Intimate Partner Violence: A Review of Systemic Treatments

Keywords

violence, theory, narrative, solution-focused, couples

Abstract

As specialists in couples’ dynamics, marriage and family therapists will inevitably be faced with issues of violence in the clients they serve. However, there has been criticism of treating partner violence systemically, and it is not clear whether MFT theories adequately conceptualize and treat violence. This article examines current issues that MFTs should be aware of when violence is an issue with clients. Also, we critique how four contemporary family therapy theories view and/or treat couple violence, both conjointly and individually. Specific implications for therapists who work from these current models are presented, as are suggestions for future research.

Original Publication Citation

Oka*, M., & Whiting, J. B. (2011). Contemporary MFT theories and intimate partner violence: A review of systemic treatments. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 10, 34-52, DOI: 10.1080/15332691.2011.539173

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2011-01-22

Publisher

Journal of Relationship & Couple Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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