Consists mostly of articles which appeared originally in various sources.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Also issued online.
Part I: The context for working with one's own family -- The therapist's own family / Peter Titelman -- Patterns and processes in a therapist's own family work: Knowledge required for excellence / Patricia H. Meyer.
Part II: Family life cycle: Leaving home, marriage, children, and the family of origin in later life -- The delusion of differentiation: Notations on family process / Glenn N. Scarboro -- Freedom of choice versus honoring commitment / Robert J. Valentine -- Becoming real / Stephanie St. John -- Efforts to modify one's position in interlocking triangles / Jack T. LaForte -- Defining a self after the last child leaves home / Susan S. Edwards -- Taking a giant step: First moves back into my family / Blanche E. Kaplan -- The birthday party revisited: Family therapy and the problem of change / Edwin H. Friedman.
Part III: Bridging emotional cut-offs -- Strategies to explore cut-offs / Ellen G. Benswanger -- Efforts to differentiate a self in my family of origin / C. Margaret Hall -- A voyage into an Italian family / Joseph M. diCarlo -- At least three generations of male distancing / James C. Maloni.
Part IV: Illness and death -- No sympathy: A response to a physical disability / Susan W. Graefe -- The use of terminal candor / Lorraine David -- A son's journey: Reflections after my father's death / John J. Haverlick -- Reaction to death in a family / Peter Titelman.