The restructuring of family schemas: a cognitive-behavior perspective.

Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, USA.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (Impact Factor: 1.01). 02/2005; 31(1):15-30.
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ABSTRACT Cognitive-behavior therapists define schemas as cognitive structures that organize thought and perception. Schemas are also viewed as having an integral influence on emotion and behavior In this article, I examine the role of schema in family conflict and the specific interventions used in restructuring them during the course of family therapy. Further discussion highlights the concepts of attributions, assumptions, and family standards, and the role they play in schemas, as well as the overall family dynamics. Finally, a series of steps are suggested for facilitating the process of schema analysis and thought restructuring during the process of family therapy.

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