Applications of the Lausanne Trilogue Play paradigm to Family Therapy: a homoparental case

TitleApplications of the Lausanne Trilogue Play paradigm to Family Therapy: a homoparental case
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMazzoni S, Padula G, Carone N
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published11/2016
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
Keywordscoparenting, family alliance, homoparentality, infant’s engagement style, observation

Research on homoparental families showed that the most important risks for the child’s development are homophobic experiences, whose effects can be moderated by family and peer relationships. Thus, the whole family, and in particular coparenting and family alliance, can be considered as an important resource for children’s development.
We suggest a consulting intervention on family dynamics with two lesbian mothers and their young girl. Participants filled in questionnaires and took part in a direct observation of the family through the Lausanne Trilogue Play, resulting in a multi-method assessment. Through the video-feedback parents could see their own interactions and recognized - with the therapist’s help - how their coparental experience was connected to their child’s problems. By accessing to the representational level, a real therapeutic work enables to create a link between the present relationships in the family and the past experience in the families of origin.