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A model for working with dysfunctional blue collar families Nickerson, William James Murdoch


The central purpose of this thesis was the development of a model of intervention with the dysfunctional blue collar family. The overall discussion focused on two issues. The first involved the delineation of a method of treatment for the blue collar family. A specific approach was determined through an examination of some of the characteristics of the blue collar family. The second major area of discussion centered on the combination or pairing of two divergent psychological approaches to compliment the proposed treatment style. The Rogerian approach and a behavior modification approach were examined and the advantages of each as an overall treatment method were utilized in the proposed model. The sources of information for the study came from personal clinical experience in working with blue collar families and from a review of current relevant literature. The literature reviewed covered four main subject areas: a) a social learning or behavior modification approach, b) the use of parents as change agents for their children, c) the Rogerian therapeutic relationship, and d) some characteristics of the blue collar family. The review of the literature and personal clinical experience resulted in a proposed treatment model for therapeutic intervention with the blue collar family. The model contains six components which come under three main headings. They are: A. Assessment. A1. Role-Induction Interview; A2. Intake Interview; A3. Baseline. B. Treatment. B1. Parent Training Sessions; B2. Assessment of Change. C. Evaluation. C1. Consultative Follow-Up. Some Implications for further research regarding the model presented include a comparison of the proposed model with other models of family intervention. Investigation of the dynamics of the relationship between the therapist and the parent and/or the parent and the child might also result in contributions to the field of family therapy.

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