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Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson examines some of the theoretical models therapist as well as researches use to study the family. Regardless of which of these models they use, family therapists and researchers work in a field that is not only personally gratifying, but makes a genuine difference in people's lives.
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Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
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Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson explores legitimate, empirical data that suggests that there are certain patterns of behavior that can be linked to specific racial or ethnic groups, including different degrees of emphasis on religion and multi-generational solidarity, while noting that the underlying details often go unexplained