This book examines theories of family behaviour and describes the authors' work which was based on a fresh approach to family research, that of participant observation of family life. The research involved living in the family home for extended periods, to observe family interaction. The authors offer a critique of general system theory and its applications in research and clinical contexts. Their account of the ecological approach to the study of family interaction, and the insight this gives on family life, will particularly commend this book to researchers and practitioners in clinical and social psychology, social anthropology and psychiatry, family therapy, and social work.
The family: A Failure in Psychological Theory and Research; General System Theory and the Family: A Critical Evaluation; Some Theories of Family Behaviour; Benefits and Problems of the Participant Observation Technique; Ethical Issues in the Study of Family Life; The Family Scenario: Observing the Families; The Family Scenario: Systematic Analysis of Family Behaviour; Repertory Grids, Interviews and Films; Family Life as Viewed from the Inside; Vignettes of the Nine Families; Classification of Families by a Repertory Grid Method; Issues of Validity and Reliability; Conclusions and Recommendations for Future Research and Practice.