Functional Family Therapy for Adolescent Behavior Problems by James F. Alexander

By James F. Alexander

Youngsters with disruptive habit difficulties signify the most tough and recalcitrant remedy populations. those early life and their mom and dad usually input therapy unwilling or not able to aim new behaviors. This ebook explains easy methods to supply useful kin remedy (FFT), an empirically supported, hugely winning family members intervention for antisocial and substance-using teens. FFT systematically alters very important threat and protecting elements linked to the matter behaviors. The FFT therapist first raises relatives motivation to alter via disrupting and changing their dysfunctional attributions approximately themselves and every different. The therapist then works with the kinfolk to put off the matter behaviors and generalize new talents and interplay styles to broader group kinfolk.

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2003). Our data suggest that although initial impression formation based on therapist gender can powerfully influence the course of treatment, the implementation of family- and respect-based interventions that match family members’ interpersonal relatedness needs do not lead to the creation or perpetuation of a hierarchical authority structure. Instead, they lead to a more egalitarian process in family communication that is manifested in more equality of talk time among family members, more family activity, and more positive interruptions (Alexander & Parsons, 1973).

Continues) Substance use: All four conditions showed significant reductions in alcohol use, and youth in the FFT, ICBT, and GT (but not FFT + CBT) conditions showed significant reductions in marijuana and other illicit drug use from pre- to posttreatment. 1 Study Characteristics and Treatment Outcomes for FFT (Continued) Substance use: The FFT group showed significant reductions in substance use, with changes maintained in FFT–HA and FFT–TA but not FFT–G. FFT–HA was superior to FFT–G at 12 months.

Further, such a parent (often a stepparent or some form of boyfriend) often presents as unmotivated to integrate the family. For many of them, unfortunately, having the adolescent removed or emancipated is their goal because they never developed much of a positive parent–child bond. Rather than being “unmotivated” for a family-integrating intervention, they in fact enter treatment as “antimotivated” for such change. It is particularly important for the therapist to create a balance of alliances with all family members in such difficult and frequently encountered contexts.

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