Sociocultural Models


      Basic principle – abnormal behavior must be examined in context (social, cultural forces) to be understood


      Family Systems Theory

   Family = system of interacting parts relating to each other in consistent ways


   Distress/abnormality results from family structure or communication problems



Family Systems Therapy


      Change system to affect individual symptoms

   Family power structure, boundaries, alliances, communication


   Family = unit of treatment vs. individual


   “identified patient”


Assessing the Sociocultural Model


      Great contribution to understanding psychopathology

   Most clinicians now take into account family, social, and societal variables


      Research findings not helpful with etiology of abnormal functioning


      Poor predictive validity