Given the relative lack of sociocultural approaches to therapy, this presentation aims to contribute to a sociocultural understanding of motivation and socio-emotional problems in children and families undergoing family therapy. The study was designed as a case study using semi structured interviews with 15 families undergoing family therapy delivered by a communal agency in Denmark. Using notions of crisis interlinked with institutions and everyday lives (Hedegaard) framed by historical, contentious struggles (Holland and Lave), a model of conflict, violence, learning and motivation will be sketched pertaining to the area of family therapy. The study argues for the importance of a holistic, non-mechanical (Valsiner) approach to motivation for change in understanding how "at risk" or "problematic" children and youth (who are for instance experiencing school absenteeism, domestic violence) experience family therapy. Finally the presentation offers a critique of the family therapeutic practice of removing children's privileges as a form of negative reinforcement in terms of power distribution between family members and children and adolescents' "problem of interests" and punishment as an educational tool (Vygotsky; Ananjew).
Iscar 2007. Programme - Abstracts, 2007
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ISCAR 2007. Fourth Nordic Conference on Cultural and Activity Research