Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Culture in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Laura SudanoEmail author
  • Rachel M. Carter
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_518

Name of Theory

Culture in Couple and Family Therapy


Incorporating culture into therapy is integral to work with others. Each individual is influenced by the culture in which they live and the subculture created within their own family. Aspects of culture include religion/spirituality, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES), gender, sex, sexual orientation, as well as other aspects of identity. These facets are essential in conceptualizing the human experience as it influences individual beliefs about the self and others, and the rules that govern these beliefs.

Prominent Associated Figures

John Dewey, Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget, Seymour Papert, Harlene Anderson, Peggy Penn, Harry Goolishian


The field of Marriage and Family Therapy incorporates culture into models of therapy to help guide therapists to work effectively with individuals, couples, and families through issues for which they present. Often times, therapists attempt to move clients from...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, Department of Family Medicine and Public HealthSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Winston SalemUSA
  3. 3.University of RochesterRochesterUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel M. Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HartfordUSA