Contemporary Issues and Christian Models of Integration: Into the Modern/Postmodern Age

Volume
Volume 23
Issue
Spring 1995
Title
Contemporary Issues and Christian Models of Integration: Into the Modern/Postmodern Age
Abstract

Model building in Christian psychology has gradually become increasingly outdated and unsophisticated over the past decade, particularly in light of postmodern challenges to the limitations of received modern scientific perspectives and social practices. The present article draws from Rychlak's (1993) "complementarity" model, Sperry's (1993) "bidirectional determinism" concept, and Engel's (1977) biopsychosocial formulation to develop a multiperspectival, holistic framework drawing on the strengths of both modern and postmodern approaches. The proposed model includes inferences from both top down and bottom up formulations, as well as potential for interactions between or among any of the various "groundings" for psychological theories. Such a model seems more faithful to both biblical and scientific perspectives, and thus may provide a more accurate and comprehensive view of persons to facilitate more effective research and treatment. A clinical example is provided with dsm-iv descriptive and criterion referents.

Author
Dr. J.A. Ingram
Pages
3 - 14
Price
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