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Integrative Family Therapy: Emphasis on a Middle-Class African American Family in Suburbia

I ntegrative family therapy now seems to be a major trend in the field; how-ever, it was once regarded as “selling-out”—not remaining true to the purityof the hard-won traditional models of family therapy. In the beginning, family systems therapists diligently fought not only to distinguish family therapy from individual therapy but also to differentiate themselves from one another. Thus it appears that the field of family therapy, like the adolescent in a family, needed to establish a separate identity before recognizing and acknowledging the legitimacy of an integrative family therapy approach (Nichols & Schwartz, 2001).