Year: 1995 Source: Counseling and Values, v.39, no.2, (January 1995), p.117-128 SIEC No: 19960407

Chaos theory is an important paradigm shift in science that has significant implications for psychological theory & psychotherapy. The concepts evolving from chaos theory can help clinicians identify patterns in family interactions that are critical if transformations are to occur. This article explores a specific case noting how suicidal behaviour which becomes part of a pattern of family interaction may offer a framework for clinicians to observe the dynamics of chaos. (27 refs.)