A Sequential Analysis of Externalizing in NarrativeTherapy with Children:
Externalizing, or separating the person from his/her problem-saturated story, is a central approach in narrative therapy. Michael White, one of the therapy’s founders, lately revised his map of the externalizing process in therapy according to Vygotskian theory. In this study we sought to determine whether White’s proposed process was evident in therapy sessions. Sequential analysis indicated that therapists scaffolded children’sresponses according to White’s map, and therapists’ and children’s utterances tended toadvance across the levels of the map over the course of a session, indicating that White’s model of narrative therapy matched the therapy’s empirical process.