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The implications of narrative family therapy with young children

26 July 1996


In this paper, the utility of narrative approaches and
interventions in treating families with young children is
discussed and remedies are proposed for the deficiencies of
current models. Many family therapists have recently adopted
a narrative approach to treating families within a
constructionist framework. Family therapists using the
narrative approach use language-based interventions to elicit
families' stories. A review of the literature on
constructionism and narrative approaches in treating families
is provided in this paper. Then, narrative interventions are
presented. Borrowing from psycholinguistic and developmental
literature, a critique on the advantages and disadvantages of
narrative approaches and interventions is discussed in regard
to its application to young children in families.
Recommendations to remedy the limitations of current models
of narrative therapy are offered by integrating play with
narrative interventions. Brief examples of this integration
are presented.


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