“Y, what do you think about what X just said?” Conversation analysis of stance-eliciting questions in open dialogue network meetings

Camilla Blach Rossen, Karen Nissen Schriver, Christel Tarber, Dorthe Vedel Nordahl, Grethe Thygesen Rasmussen, Ben Ong, Niels Buus

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Open dialogue is a resource-oriented approach to mental health, which aims to help those involved in a crisis situation support each other and engage in dialogue. While language use in open dialogue is generally characterized as being open-ended, nondirective, and nonevaluating on the professionals' side, little is known about the specific conversational features. The aim of this study was to analyze the interactional functions of a stance-eliciting question of the form: “Y, what do you think about what X just said?” We used conversation analysis (CA) to examine this in eight video-recorded Danish open dialogue network meetings. In CA, stance involves expressions of attitude, affect, or judgments about people or events. We describe the interactional functions of these stance-eliciting questions and discuss how clinicians used them as a tool for accomplishing neutrality. The findings can be used to gain a more nuanced understanding of open dialogue psychotherapeutic practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-731
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes

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