family therapy


noun

the psychotherapeutic treatment of more than one member of a family simultaneously at the same session, based on the assumption that problems can best be understood and corrected by observing the interaction of family members and identifying methods for improving their interrelationships.

Nearby words

  1. family practitioner,
  2. family room,
  3. family skeleton,
  4. family style,
  5. family support,
  6. family tree,
  7. family values,
  8. family way,
  9. family-tree theory,
  10. famine

Origin of family therapy

First recorded in 1975–80

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British Dictionary definitions for family therapy

family therapy

noun

a form of psychotherapy in which the members of a family participate, with the aim of improving communications between them and the ways in which they relate to each other
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Medicine definitions for family therapy

family therapy

n.

A form of psychotherapy in which the interrelationships of family members are examined in group sessions in order to identify and alleviate problems of one or more family members.

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