Mary Richmond's Retail Method in Treating Divorcing Parents with High Conflict
Brenda J. Barnwell Mark Stone

Mary Richmond’s retail method of reform provoked development of a focused treatment program for high conflict divorce designed to (1) promote cohesion of the self, (2) reduce expressed parental conflict, and (3) provide a better outcome than the current standard service model. A Pretest-Posttest Control Group Design was implemented to test the effectiveness of this approach with Bowen’s family systems theory and Kohut’s theory of self psychology. The results suggest people who attended eight sessions of the focused treatment group experienced a greater sense of self cohesion with reduced co-parenting conflict.

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