Mixed Partnering and Parenting: Intersection of diversity issues in Couple Psychotherapy

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This proposal deals with psychosocial intervention of couples in mixed-marriages in Denmark, which has barely been scientifically explored due to the homogeneity and colourblindness dominant discourse.
The term “mixed” is used for couples who feel that their intimate relationship is formed across two socially significant groups: ethnic, religious, region/caste, thus the present study has broad relevance. This proposal delineates the demographic details, intervention process of two ethnically mixed- marriage cases. Cases’ analyses are combined with relevant results from an empirical study (Singla, 2015) about intermarried couples to present lessons for counselling and psychotherapy good practices.
The couples in the two cases and ten in-depth interviews based empirical study are formed across ethnic/religious borders - one partner is native Danish and the other originates from South Asia (India, Pakistan). Cultural historical psychology forms the background of the theoretical framework of the study, while a combination of intersectionality (Moodley, 2011), everyday life perspective and transnationalism forms the foreground.
The lessons learnt for counselling and psychotherapy are about balancing different family and world views through exploring and including the family relationships across categorisations such as generation and geographical positions, while focusing at multiple- and dominant identities. Balancing levity and gravity - optimism and realism is the next lesson. The last lesson is about moving beyond the dichotomy of similarity and differences inspired by Murphy-Shigematsu (2002)’s argumentation that difference and sameness are not mutually exclusive and must be understood through clients’ context especially differentials of power and privilege characterising the partners, also historically.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1 Jan 2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event3rd International Conference of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Wellness - Christ University, Bengaluru, Bangalore, India
Duration: 5 Jan 20167 Jan 2016
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Conference3rd International Conference of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Wellness
LocationChrist University, Bengaluru
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