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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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What supports resilient coping among family members? A systemic practitioner’s perspective

What supports resilient coping among family members? A systemic practitioner’s perspective

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(p.279) Chapter Twenty-Two What supports resilient coping among family members? A systemic practitioner’s perspective
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Family troubles?
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Arlene Vetere

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.003.0022

This chapter is based on the author’s work as a systemic family psychotherapist at a domestic violence project, although it is relevant to a wide range of situations. It gives an account of how a systemic approach, informed by attachment theory and the importance of narrative, can help individuals and families to cope with and grow through trauma and adversity, to the benefit of both adults and children. While resilience is often defined in individual terms, it is clear that the availability of supportive close relationships plays a central part in its development, so working directly with family relationships has much potential, while remaining sensitive to the influence on them of their social context (including material inequalities and cultural diversity), to enhance the quality of interaction and thus the support available for all family members. Working with couples, and with parents and children together, also requires careful judgements about safety where there is a history of conflict, violence and abuse.

Keywords:   Domestic violence, Systemic approach, Attachment, Narrative, Resilience, Family, Relationships

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