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J Marital Fam Ther. 2018 Jul;44(3):499-511. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12262. Epub 2017 Sep 4.

Applying the Paradigm of Relational Ethics into Contextual Therapy. Analyzing the practice of Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy.

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Christian University of Applied Sciences (CHE) Ede.
University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht.


Ivan Boszormenyi Nagy introduced with his contextual therapy a challenging theory into the world of family therapy. It is rooted in a relational ethical perspective on human relations and shifts the focus of therapy from pathology to evoking reciprocal care and a genuine dialogue, based on the conviction that inter-human relations are resources for individual growth and health. This article presents a research project on the practice of the founder himself, to describe how the principles of the contextual theory and therapy can be integrated into concrete therapeutic interventions. Using the Constant Comparison Method, the authors found six clusters of interventions representing methodical elements through which Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy applies the paradigm of his approach.

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