Transforming family positions : a conversational analysis of a family social work case
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SourceChild & Family Social Work, 10, 2, (2005), pp. 159-168
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SW OZ BSI OGG
Child & Family Social Work
In a discourse and conversational analysis of a Dutch family supervision order, the transformations in family positions are examined. The parents in this case consider their son's drug addiction to be an individual problem. The family guardian succeeds in convincing them that it is a problem which concerns all the family rather than merely a personal issue for their son. By combining a positive and supportive attitude towards the parents with an unrelenting emphasis on the familial character of Marco's problems, the family guardian succeeds in getting the parents to reflect on their own position in relation to their son and their share in the problems in his life.
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