Quid Pro Quo in Couple and Family Therapy
The origin of quid pro quo exceeds its concept in family systems theory. The colloquial use of the phrase can be traced back to 1654 in H. L’Estrange’s The Reign of King Charles, which translates as “one good turn deserves another” (Phrases 1997). There are also implications of quid pro quo in the evolution of social interaction. This interaction is dynamic in the balance of power in relationships (Kerber 1994). Don D. Jackson adopted the phrase as a concept in which couples already have a particular style of negotiating and communicating. The negotiation pattern is unconscious within a couple’s communication (Jackson 1965). Among other constructs for communication deficiencies, looking at the quid pro quos in couples became part of the intervention with marital dyads (Nichols 2003).
Theoretical Context for Family Therapy
Quid pro quo is primarily used as a family systems intervention. Most family systems theorists contend that the use of quid pro quo interventions should...
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