Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Ethnography in Relation to Couple and Family Therapy

  • Rini KaushalEmail author
  • Bahareh Sahebi
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_526

Name of Theory

Ethnography in Relation to Couple and Family Therapy


Ethnography is a prevalently used scientific method to collect data in qualitative research with the intent to understand individuals through their social and cultural arrangements. Ethnography attempts to define cultural realities by interpreting, analyzing, and documenting detailed descriptions of patterns, events, contexts, and conversations to better comprehend how culture influences human behavior in everyday environment (Tubbs and Burton 2005).

Ethnography has been widely used to enhance the understanding of the practical and theoretical domains of family therapy and its applicability in the client’s real world. In the field of couple and family therapy, the use of ethnographic interviews began as an initiative to create more client-based descriptions of family therapy sessions. This approach was a shift away from the existing literature that primarily focused on the therapist’s perspective. Since...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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