FAMILY MODELS. KNOWING AND SOLVING PROBLEMS BETWEEN PARENTS AND CHILDREN
Giorgio Nardone, Emanuela Giannotti, Rita Rocchi
Ponte alle Grazie
Brief therapy essays
The family, despite the attacks received during the years of protest and the consequent transformations, has resisted, it is still the fundamental structure of our society. It is an organization governed by rules that protect and allow children to grow, rules that sometimes become too rigid, or are no longer suitable for an evolving family situation. All parents and children know this: this is the risk of the family, becoming a closed organization whose mechanisms are no longer able to subvert. The relationships resemble a record that is enchanted, that produces the same sound over and over again. In this book Giorgio Nardone - a well-known Italian therapist and scholar of brief strategic therapy - has summarized with his collaborators the work of years of research-intervention in a series of family organization schemes.
Parents and children will be able to find the description of six exemplary models of family groups (overprotective, democratic-permissive, sacrificing, intermittent, delegating, authoritarian), those that most often recur in the current panorama and that in recent years emerge as responsible for formation of problematic knots within the Italian family: theoretical descriptions are always followed by clinical histories that illustrate and clarify the models.
The solution strategies are simple and clear, the therapies very fast, the examples shown perfectly illustrate the formation of negative mechanisms and their dissolution following the therapy.
The result is a clear picture of the recent situation but above all a series of surprising solution strategies that manage to circumvent the resistance to change of families, thus breaking the rigid models formed over many years of protection and closure.