This accessible text examines how the science of autonomy and adaptation informs all family therapy approaches and discusses how clinicians can use this science to improve their practice.

Uniquely focussing on how to integrate science as well as theory into clinical practice, the book provides an overview of science from multiple domains and ties it to family systems theory through the key framework of autonomy and adaptation. Drawing on research from genetics, physiology, emotion regulation, attachment, and triangulation, chapters demonstrate how a comprehensive science-informed theory of family systems can be applied to a range of problematic family patterns. The text also explores self-of-the-therapist work and considers how autonomy and attachment are connected to systems of power, privilege, and oppression.

Supported throughout by practical case examples, as well as questions for consideration, chapter summaries, and resource lists to further engage the reader, The Science of Family Systems Theory is an essential textbook for marriage and family therapy students as well as mental health professionals working with families.

chapter Chapter 1|11 pages

An Introduction to Family Systems Theory

part 1|49 pages

The Evidence of Autonomy and Adaptation

chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

The Genetic and Individual Systems

chapter Chapter 3|17 pages

The Attachment, Triangulation, and Family Systems

chapter Chapter 4|14 pages

The Sociocultural System

part 2|36 pages

Linking the Evidence to Theory

chapter Chapter 5|10 pages

The Family as an Autonomous System

chapter Chapter 6|8 pages

The Family as an Adaptable System

chapter Chapter 7|16 pages

Family Systems Theory Revisited

part 3|47 pages

Linking Theory to Practice

chapter Chapter 8|7 pages

The Postmodern Critique and Family Systems Theory

chapter Chapter 9|9 pages

Attachment Theory and Family Systems Theory

chapter Chapter 10|14 pages

Trauma in Family Systems Theory

chapter Chapter 11|9 pages

Family Systems Theory and Family Therapy Models

chapter Chapter 12|6 pages

Conclusions and Recommendations