Re: structural family therapy

Chris Evans (
Thu, 21 May 1998 13:36:48 +0100

On 21 May 98, at 14:10, Gary D. Knopp wrote:

> I am a graduate student writing a paper on structural family therapy. I
> would appreciate any readings on this subject you could send me. Thanks
> for your time and efforts, Gary


The traditional people for structural FT are Minuchin and Fishman and they are
often criticised within the systemic/FT world for imposing their own construct
systems about families, gender, power and boundaries on the families they
saw. That's probably a gross oversimplification (aren't these rotten tomato
throwing exercises always oversimplifying?!) and I think some of their work
shows subtle sensitivity to the family members' own constructions of
themselves, their relationships and the nature of "family". However, it's a pretty
long way from their work to PCP with the PCP emphasis on the first P:
Personal. What made you ask here?!

Maybe I'm missing the point and someone knows of good published critiques of
structural FT from within a PCP perspective.

Best wishes,

Chris Evans, Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy,
Locum Consultant to the
Prudence Skynner Family Therapy Clinic,
St. George's Hospital Medical School, London University