Master of Social Work (MSW)
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
Metaphor is defined as a central function of language by which different realms of experience are conjoined and which operates at the nexus of internal and social processes. Qualitative and quantitative methods were used in an exploratory study of metaphor use by families in therapy. Significant differences were found in quantity of metaphor use along gender and generational axes. Content analysis also identified some suggestive differences with respect to issues of agency and imagery along lines of gender and parenting status. Categories nominated from the identified metaphors are also suggestive of the differential dilemmas faced by the clients. The study indicates that attending to clients‘ metaphors would be therapeutically useful and that further research in this area would be worthwhile.
Whynot, Christopher Allen, "Hearing metaphor: A study of clients' use of language in a family therapy situation" (1994). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 151.
Family, Life Course, and Society Commons, Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling Commons, Social Work Commons