NARRATIVEFAMILY THERAPY CRITIQUE
Acomprehensive review of the narrative family theory reveals thatthough the theory seems applicable to many psychological problemsvictims. However, there remain a few controversial issues. The theorycan be viewed as theoretical and methodological hence lacks thepractical applicability in real life situations. As a result, variousinconsistencies can also be identified. To begin with the socialconstructionist view contains no absolute truth. As a result, thesocially sanctioned points of view are the only ones that areconsidered by narrative therapists. To cause more tragedy theisolated cases are ignored totally by the therapist resulting toassumptions kicking into the process (Barker, 2013). Moreover, theleaders that are powerful are made demigods in the therapy. Theproponents in the theory are quite harsh to the less powerful in thesociety. Due to this many assumptions end up being made that distortthe nature of the family therapy.
Additionally,the moral autonomy of individuals is violated once decisions are madesince they are dependent on the mind of other people (Barker, 2013).Moreover, it lacks the individual touch since the therapy is based onother individuals in society. Some other therapist may also bringtheir own opinions as well as biases in the course of the familynarrative therapy. The absence of the clinical studies coupled withempirical support to verify the theory leaves major questions to theeffectiveness of the theory (Barker, 2013). The absence ofqualitative analysis is one major factor that has led to somedisapproving the theory. However, if empirical evidence was there theacceptability of the theory would improve among the society members.As a result, its claims of efficacy remain invalidated.
Finallyif the highlighted factors were addressed the level of acceptabilitycan increase substantially. Additionally, the research materialaround the theory of family therapy would increase.
Barker,P., & Chang, J. (2013). Basicfamily therapy.Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.