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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hudgins, Cathy Mills
URN etd-03272008-121844
Title Region as a Cultural Context in Family Therapy
Degree PhD
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Keeling, Margaret L. Committee Chair
Mancini, Jay A. Committee Member
Mann, Jeff A. Committee Member
Piercy, Fred P. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • regional identity
  • cultural competency
  • rural mental health
Date of Defense 2008-02-15
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Environmentally-constructed, regional culture as defined by geographic place is

not generally included in family therapy research and training concerning race, ethnicity,

gender, sexual orientation, and other contextual factors. This grounded theory research

project explores how practitioners working with families acknowledge, access, and use

region as a cultural context in their service delivery, specifically in the New River Valley

region of Southwest Virginia. Ecological theory, social construction theory, family

systems theory, and cultural competency perspectives were used to frame the research

questions, to develop the interview protocol, and to support the analysis of the

properties and dimensions of the concepts and categories that emerged from the data

analysis. The resulting grounded theory revealed that clinicians working with regionally distinct

clients combine a client-centered approach with multiple-layers of regional knowledge and self-awareness.

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