A Family-System Approach to Brain Damage

  • Ch. Rüger
  • J. Vollmann
  • M. Wirsching
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Family dynamic research and family therapy are modern methods of psychotherapy and medicine. Although Richardson already stated the importance of family support for patients in 1948, family therapy as a new institution within psychotherapy was not developed before 1960. This early period is charcterised by an enthusiastic rise in popularity and pioneer-like improvement, whereas, in the 1970s, different schools within family therapy developed different theoretic concepts. Nowadays, we seem to be in a period of consolidation and critical reflexion of the existing concepts aiming at a pragmatic integration into practice (Gurman et al. 1986; Wirsching 1986). In what follows, basic notions of the family-dynamic approaches are outlined. As there exists at present only limited knowledge with respect to the application of the family-dynamic approach to patients with brain injury, our reasoning is of a more general nature and focuses only at the end on problems with patients who have suffered brain injuries.


Anorexia Nervosa Family Therapy Family System Brain Damage Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 
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  • Ch. Rüger
  • J. Vollmann
  • M. Wirsching

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