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In the context of structural family therapy, the purpose of "reframing" is to:

  1. diffuse blame.
  2. relabel behaviors.
  3. increase specificity.
  4. anchor behaviors.

The Correct Answer is B.

Even if you've never heard of "reframing," you probably could have guessed that its purpose is to redefine the situation. Specifically, reframing is done in order to help a client see things from a different perspective. It is often used in a paradoxical way -- e.g., telling an adolescent that "your parents' nagging is a sign of their love for you."

Answer A: Reframing will not necessarily lead to diffusion of blame.

Answer C: Increasing specificity is not the goal of reframing.

Answer D: Reframing does involve redefining behaviors but it does not involve anchoring behaviors.


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