Various academic disciplines are involved in the analysis of marriage and the family (e.g., anthropology, economics, history, psychology, psychotherapy, social work, sociology), but they frequently work in ignorance of the research and theoretical findings of their sister disciplines. This paper is an attempt to establish a theoretical bridge between sociology and family psychotherapy.

Although these disciplines have been working independently, they have much in common. For this paper, the work of one prominent family psychotherapist, Salvador Minuchin, has been analyzed using two of sociology's theoretical constructs: structural functionalism and symbolic interactionism.

This analysis suggests that a fruitful dialogue could be established between these two disciplines which often use different concepts to make the same points and to reach very similar conclusions. Additionally, an exchange of ideas between these two disciplines could potentially foster new and important insights into classical studies, and promote valuable joint research projects.

Included in

Sociology Commons