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Type: Journal article
Title: Naming the problem: a membership categorization analysis study of family therapy
Author: O'Neill, K.
Le Couteur, A.
Citation: Journal of Family Therapy, 2014; 36(3):268-286
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1467-6427
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Katherine O’Neill and Amanda LeCouteur
Abstract: Discursive research has examined family therapy as a process of collaboratively negotiating a preferable account of the problem. The present study uses membership categorization analysis to examine how this process occurs in a sequence of family therapy sessions with the family of a 15-year-old boy diagnosed with high-functioning autism and experiencing conflict with his school. The analysis focuses on the deployment of the membership categorization device ‘disability’ in the construction of the problem and the use of the devices ‘family’ and ‘stages-of-life’ to construct a new, problem-dissolving account. Conclusions are drawn about the potential usefulness of recategorization via naturally occurring membership categorization devices in constructing solutions in family therapy
Keywords: Membership categorization analysis; family therapy; high-functioning autism; school exclusion.
Rights: © 2013 The Authors
DOI: 10.1111/1467-6427.12008
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