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October 2021

Popular music as a poetic metaphor in family therapy. Special Issue: Poetry in therapy

Author(s): Heape, Susan E.

Journal/Book: American Journal of Social Psychiatry. 1987; 7: 109-111.

Abstract: Describes how family therapists may make use of popular songs associated with different stages of the family life cycle to help couples and families gain insight into the lyrics they live by and to make constructive changes. A case example of a 32-yr-old male is provided that shows the way change occurs when an individual gains insight into the musical metaphors by which he has lived.

Note: incorporation of popular song lyrics as poetic metaphor; family therapy

Keyword(s): Poetry ; family therapy; psychotherapeutic techniques; metaphor

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