Title

Family Therapy

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

8-8-2008

Journal

Psychiatry: Third Edition

Volume

2

DOI

10.1002/9780470515167.ch92

Keywords

Cognitive-behavioral; Family psychiatry; Family therapy; Postmodern; Psychodynamic; Psychoeducation; Resilience; Strategic; Structural

Abstract

Family therapy is psychotherapy that directly involves family members and attends explicity to interactions among family members. In family therapy, the relational and communicational processes of families are utilized as the primary context for treating psychiatric disorders or solving clinical problems. During the latter 20th century, psychodynamic, structural, strategic, cognitive-behavioral, and postmodern family therapies matured as distinct clinical traditions. More recently, family psychiatry has emerged as a compilation of skills that psychiatrists can utilize in the biopsychosocial treatment of individual patients. Family psychiatry emphasizes family assessment, psychoeducation, and family interventions that reduce symptoms and build resilience against illness recurrence. © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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