Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Questions in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Kadie L. AusherbauerEmail author
  • Daniel K. Cooper
  • Jacqueline Braughton
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_593

Name of Concept

Questions in Couple and Family Therapy


While questions are generally a prominent feature in psychotherapy, questions have unique purposes in couple and family therapy (CFT). In other therapeutic traditions, questions tend to focus on intrapsychic processes or on strengths and needs within environmental contexts. The CFT field assumes that the health of individuals and the health of their close relationships are intrinsically intertwined. Thus interventions are systemic and focus on both family relationships and internal processes. In CFT, questions are directed toward relationships among family members, highlighting family processes, beliefs, behavioral contingencies, roles, and family successes. Questions can serve as assessment tools, mechanisms for increasing insight, or strategies for invoking change in beliefs and behaviors. This chapter highlights the use of systemic questions by exploring types of questions in several prominent family therapy models.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kadie L. Ausherbauer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniel K. Cooper
    • 1
  • Jacqueline Braughton
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA