Conversation and Psychotherapy: How Questioning Reveals Institutional Answers
beck depression inventory, elicitation, goals, questioning, questionnaires, therapy
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By analyzing session exchanges and questionnaires administered to family therapy clients, this article examines questioning as conversational practice grounded in institutional goals that are therapist-directed and therapist-conceived. In their manifestation in talk and text, therapeutic questions function to replace client accounts with the nosological accounts of institutional psychiatry. The analysis illuminates three ways in which questioning works in the session and then locates these in therapy's professional and institutional logic. A critical reflection on psychotherapy's questioning practices in a social context concludes the article.
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Discourse Studies, v. 11, issue 2, p. 153-177
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Bartesaghi, Mariaelena, "Conversation and Psychotherapy: How Questioning Reveals Institutional Answers" (2009). Communication Faculty Publications. 382.