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Erlich, G.C. (1990). The Family Interpreted Feminist Theory in Clinical Practice by Deborah Anna Luepnitz New York: Basic Books, 1988, xii + 349 pp., $22.95. Psa. Books, 1(3):306-311.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Books, 1(3):306-311

The Family Interpreted Feminist Theory in Clinical Practice by Deborah Anna Luepnitz New York: Basic Books, 1988, xii + 349 pp., $22.95

Review by:
Gloria C. Erlich, Ph.D.

This is a lively and ambitious work that attempts to revise the theoretical basis of family therapy by placing the field in its historical context and bringing to it the insights of feminist psychotherapy. Although intended primarily for the clinician, it makes a valuable extension of psychoanalytic theory for anyone interested in the role of family in the formation of personality. Through detailed case studies, Luepnitz situates her subjects in the family, gender, class, and societal contexts through which they construct their selves.

Luepnitz thinks and works contextually. Not only does she view the individual in the context of his or her own family and society, but she views the institution of the family in the context of society, culture, history, and gender.

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