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Feminist therapy

emphasis on the power differences between women and men and how that differential impacts on both men's and women's behavior

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Feminist Therapy-
View of Maladaptive Behavior

Symptoms are considered to be:
1. related to the nature of traditional feminine roles or conflicts that are inherent to those roles
2. survival tactics or a means of exercising personal power
3. arbitrary labels that society has assigned to certain behaviors to impose sanctions or exert social control

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Goals of Feminist therapy

Less interested in changing their clients to fit the mainstream than in identifying and altering the oppressive forces in society that have affected their clients lives; a primary goal is empowerment, or helping women become more self-defining and self-determining

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Feminist Therapy Techniques

- Striving for an egalitarian relationship
- avoiding labels
- avoiding revictimization
- involvement in social action

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Feminist therapy vs. nonsexist therapy

- both recognize the impact of sexism and avoid the use of gender-biased techniques
- feminist therapists prioritize the role of sociopolitical factors on a woman's psychological functioning and the need for change
- nonsexist therapists focus more on individual factors and modifying personal behavior

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Self-in-relation theory

extends traditional object relations theory by proposing that many gender differences can be traced to differences in the mother-daughter and mother-son relationship