School Psychology Review

Getting Uncaught in the Middle: A Case Study in Family-School System Consultation

Thomas J. Power, Karlotta Lutz Bartholomew

pp. 222-229

Mini-Series on Developmental Disabilities

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ABSTRACT: Ethnographers and sociologists working in the field of education have described the relationship between home and school as a competitive one which often discourages cooperation and collaboration between parents and teachers. Using Bateson’s model of the symmetrical relationship, a case of a highly escalated family-school conflict was evaluated. The family systems concepts and strategies that were used to promote a working alliance between family and school were also presented.