A series of family dramas by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American play-wright Sam Shepard provides a shocking look at the breakdown of the family as central organizing unit. Using Curse of the Starving Class as a model, this article examines family processes in the play and the biographical roots of Shepard's interest in dysfunctional families. Shepard's exploration of differentiation, boundaries, marital disintegration and parental ineffectiveness, isolation, family goals and purpose, and intergenerational legacies is a helpful reminder for therapists who focus primarily on technique and/or internal family dynamics to consider community ties and the significance of family rituals.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||American Journal of Psychotherapy|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology