Evaluating and Treating Families: The McMaster Approach

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Evaluating and Treating Families: The McMaster Approach, by Christine E. Ryan and colleagues, is a book that I would have welcomed as a marriage and family therapy trainee. Even though I trained as a family physician in a biopsychosocially oriented family medicine residency, I was still unprepared for the complexity of the material I learned during my introductory course in family systems. Ryan and colleagues’ text provides a comprehensive and systematic description of the historical, theoretical, methodological, and research bases for the McMaster model of family therapy, beginning with the description of their model for normal family functioning.

Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2009;11(4):176 [book review]