Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Theory of Family Electronic Interconnectivity: Reconnecting Family Members by Teaching Love in Psychotherapeutic Settings Using Technology
by Dillingham, Brenda Walker, Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2020, 115; 28000275
Abstract (Summary)

“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people,

that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools,

they’ll do wonderful things with them.” Steve Jobs

Electronically reconnecting families while promoting behavioral change by breaking vicious cycles of negative communication and interactions was the intention of this theoretical dissertation. In many therapy sessions, you have a family that has become disconnected. They come to therapy in an attempt to get reconnected by finding the love they have lost (thus the disconnection). There are many components used in the therapeutic process to reconnect family members including theories and interventions. The idea of using an electronic device can include many components focused at reconnecting family members – the connection being love. TOFEI is the synthesis of select theories integrated with humanity’s current and profound interest in electronics and technology. The overwhelming lure of electronics can be thought of as the umbrella concept of TOFEI. TOFEI combines systems and attachment theory, and theories of love using an electronic means of interpersonal interaction during family therapy session.

Basic principles of the theory involve leveraging the interest in electronics into a serious configuration to enact change while targeting improved connections by externalizing the problem to be overcome and conquering it by learning how to treat each other in more loving ways. If love is the connection between people, then learning how to improve the way people interact with each other will strengthen the connection leading to more cohesive and harmonious relationships.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hale, David
Commitee: Austin, Jason, Shannon, Samuel
School: University of Louisiana at Monroe
Department: Marriage and Family Therapy
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Individual & family studies, Computer science, Therapy
Keywords: Family electronic interconnectivity, Psychotherapeutic
Publication Number: 28000275
ISBN: 9798672110363
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