Marriage and Family in Modern China

A Psychoanalytic Exploration

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Marriage and Family in Modern China is a groundbreaking psychoanalytic examination of how 70 years of widespread social change have transformed the intimacies of life in modern China.

The book describes the evolution of marriage and family structure, from the ancient tradition of large families preferring sons, arranged marriages and devaluation of girls, to a contemporary dominance of free-choice marriages and families that now prefer to remain small even after the ending of the One Child Policy. David Scharff uses extensive reports of his psychoanalytic interventions to demonstrate how the residue of widespread trauma suffered by Chinese families during past centuries has interacted with the effects of rapid modernization to produce new patterns of individual identity, personal ambition and family structure.

This wholly original book offers new insight into Chinese families for all those interested in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and in the intricacies of Chinese domestic life.

David E. Scharff, M.D. is Co-Founder and Former Director, the International Psychotherapy Institute; Chair, The International Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University; Editor of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China, and directs training programs in analytic couple and family therapy in Beijing and Moscow.


Marriage and Family in Modern China is a groundbreaking psychoanalytic examination of how 70 years of widespread social change have transformed the intimacies of life in modern China.

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I selected this book because we have a member of our extended family that was adopted from China. This book is an excellent resource, not only for those that have an active psychotherapy practice but anyone interested in what daily life, ( family and marriage relationships) looks like in modern China. The authors outline recent history and major events that have occurred. They explain the framework of Chinese thought and culture behind their behaviors and problems. Briefly walks through history to understand the different approaches in psychological theories. They then examine how these China’s traumatic history can have an effect on daily life today. The authors compared the difference in values; China and their value of society as supreme, and Western society that values individualism adove all, and how this translates into the differences and difficulties in interpersonal relationships. A fascinating read.

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Super interesting and informative. This really dove into the psychology and lasting impact of events of the past and how they continue to perpetuate throughout society today. Having lived in China, I found it an accurate representation of a changing landscape that is marriage and family.

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