James Framo

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James Framo (1922–2001) was an American psychologist and pioneer family therapist. He developed an object relations approach to intergenerational and family-of-origin therapy. He collaborated with other pioneers in the field and authored or co-authored several early and significant texts in the field of family therapy. James was born and raised in South Philadelphia and graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1940. The last chapter of his 1992 publication Family-of-Origin Therapy: An Intergenerational Approach provides a personal account of his own early family experiences which served as a basis for his insights into the impact of families on individuals.


  • Boszormenyi-Nagy, I. & Framo, J.L. (1965; 1985). Intensive family therapy: Theoretical and practical aspects. New York: Brunner/Mazel.
  • Framo, J.L. (1968). "My families, my family". Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy. 4: 18–27. ASIN B00073A5A0.
  • Framo, J.L. (1970). Symptoms from a family transactional viewpoint. In N. W. Ackerman, J. Lieb, & J. K. Pearce (Eds.) Family therapy in transition.[permanent dead link] (pp. 125–171). Boston: Little & Brown.
  • Framo, J.L (Ed.) (1972). Family interaction: A dialogue between family researchers and family therapists. New York: Springer.
  • Green, R.J. & Framo, J.L. (Eds.)(1981). Family therapy: Major contributions.[permanent dead link] New York: International University Press.
  • Framo, J.L. (1982). Explorations in marital and family therapy: Selected papers of James L Framo. New York: Springer.
  • Framo, J.L. (1992). Family-of-origin therapy: An intergenerational approach. New York: Brunner/Mazel.
  • Framo, J.L., Weber, T. & Levine, F. (2003). Coming Home Again: A Family-of-origin Consultation. New York: Brunner/Routledge.

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