Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 191–200 | Cite as

A Cognitive-behavioral Approach to Reconstructing Intergenerational Family Schemas

  • Frank M. Dattilio


This article suggests the use of cognitive-behavioral techniques, namely cognitive restructuring combined with family-of-origin sessions, for reconstructing intergenerational family schemas. A case example portrays the use of the techniques as an effective intervention for addressing ingrained schemas, such as in the case of spousal abuse.


Family-of-origin Intergenerational family therapy Schemas Cognitive-behavior therapy Family therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolAllentownUSA

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