Structural Family Therapy
Using structural family therapy:
– What would be sample questions for this couple?
– What are accurate hypotheses about this couple?
– Using Hequembourg’s (2004) article(Unscripted motherhood: Lesbianmothers negotiating incompletely institutionalized family relationships, Amy Hequembourg, Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo), what are several multi-systemic and cultural challenges that lesbians and gay couples face as they consider parenthood?
– What are some beliefs and values that a therapist that may create obstacles in developing an optimal therapeutic?
A lesbian couple, both in their later 30s, has been together for nine years when they come to see you about a major transition they are taking in their life and the disagreements they are facing. They both want to have a child and disagree about how to make this happen. Ariana wants to have artificial insemination or become impregnated by a close friend of theirs. Due to her Russian and Jewish heritage, it is important to her and to her family that she give birth to their child. Marilyn wants them to adopt a child, which she feels would create more equality for them as parents. She is worried and anxious about her family’s response to their decision to have a child.