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International Journal of Research in Social Sciences
Year : 2014, Volume : 4, Issue : 3
First page : ( 171) Last page : ( 187)
Online ISSN : 2249-2496.

A review of application of psychotherapy for work - family conflict resolution

Padmasiri M.K.D.

Mental Health Foundation, Sri Lanka

Online published on 19 August, 2014.


The study was about recommended psychotherapy practices for work – family conflicts resolution. Through the various research findings proved that current issue in today's workplace is work –family conflicts. This is qualitative approach review study and developed the research based on previous studies findings. Finally elaborated previous researches about psychotherapy then linked those psychotherapy techniques with identified work –family conflicts (identified through past research findings). And based on previous study main conflicts of work – family are work pressure, time pressure & family pressure.

Recommended psychotherapy practices are Carl Rogers’ Person centered theory, Freud's Psychoanalytic approach, Victor Francal's Existential theory, Edward Thorndike's Behavioral Therapy & Donald Meichenbaum's Cognitive Therapy & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Through the study elaborate how to resolve work, time& family pressure conflicts by using each psychotherapy technique.

Through the Carl Roger's Person's Centered theory employee could understand reality & he was entered in to the real situation what he is facing but the main thing is that this approach is not the counselor centered this is client centered approach. Freud's Psychoanalytic Approach employee take decision by him/her after analyzing the situation according to his/her analytical capabilities. Victor Francal's Existential theory is bringing the employee towards the reality. Behavioral therapy says change the behavior of employee by replacing positive behaviors by removing negative behaviors. Through the behavior therapy employee should need to change his the way of behavior, for that he has an ability to understand his current behavior, what would be the correct sound behavior & the gap between current & future. Cognitive therapy focused to adjust the cognitive state (thinking, feeling, emotions patters) in a positive manner. Through the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy highly focused on changing the attitudes, believes, the way of thinking of the employee & the behavior. Through the study successfully identified how psychotherapy practices can be use in work –family conflicts resolution.



Work – family conflicts, Psychotherapy, Work Pressure, Time Pressure, Family Pressure.


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