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NCJ Number: 115476 Find in a Library
Title: Review of the Literature on Family Therapy With Adolescents 1979-1987
Journal: Journal of Adolescence  Volume:11  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1988)  Pages:309-334
Author(s): D C Breunlin; C Breunlin; D L Kearns; W P Russell
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 26
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This update of an original review of the literature on family therapy approaches to adolescent disturbances addresses significant developments in theory, practice, and research, and highlights new themes and continuing trends in the literature on family therapy with adolescents.
Abstract: A primary change in the literature from 1979 to 1987 has been quantitative, as a great number of articles have been written on a continually expanding array of presenting complaints. The review also indicates that a full range of family therapy models has been represented in the literature since 1979. Generally, the family therapy models described in the original review have continued to receive attention. It is clear that family therapists working with adolescents have been willing to experiment with new theoretical developments as well. Especially noteworthy are the relatively recent applications of systemic family therapy (Milan model) to adolescent problems. A number of authors have suggested guidelines for planning and conducting family therapy with adolescents. Of particular interest are guidelines organized around such concepts as 'stages' or 'family typology.' Outcome studies suggest that family therapy with adolescents is a viable treatment approach which in many instances produces results exceeding those obtained with traditional treatments. 131 references.
Main Term(s): Family counseling
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile treatment methods; Theory
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