Family Roles in Family Counseling

By Fred Berl

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1961

Individuals have roles in society and in their families. While these roles are not identical with individuals' lives, people "make the role live" by acting according to societal and familial expectations. When a person is unable to live out the role she imagines for herself, she experiences stress and discord. Similarly, if a family constructs a role for a person that is derogatory or harmful, living out that role can be painful. Understanding the interplay between individuals' roles and their capacity and desire to live them or abandon them can enrich family casework.

Topic: Social Work, Mental Health, Social Issues, Family

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 37/No. 3

Page Number(s): 347-357

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Berl, Fred. Family Roles in Family Counseling. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1961: 347-357.


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