Medicine And The Media

Family trouble

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 13 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1274
  1. Lucy Grafen

    In this six part documentary on family therapy the BBC follows a single family through 10 sessions over nine months. Viewers also see a video diary of the family with friends and grandma, as well as therapists discussing the family outside formal sessions.

    The family: mother, father, Sara (17), and Rachel (21) go along to the sessions to help Sara's relationship problems, about which the mother assumes she cries herself to sleep. Very quickly the family opens up a series of feelings and dynamics—the parents want so much for their daughters that it is impossible for them to be satisfied. They expect the girls not only to achieve the kind of security they …

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