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Understanding the complex family experiences of Behavioural Family Therapy

O'Hanlon, Brendan et al.

Journal of family therapy. Volume 40:Issue 1 (2018); pp 45-62 -- Blackwell

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  • Title:
    Understanding the complex family experiences of Behavioural Family Therapy
  • Author: O'Hanlon, Brendan;
    Hayes, Laura;
    Perlesz, Amaryll;
    Harvey, Carol
  • Found In: Journal of family therapy. Volume 40:Issue 1 (2018); pp 45-62
  • Journal Title: Journal of family therapy
  • Subjects: Family psychotherapy--Periodicals; Adult mental health--psychosocial and psychoeducational approaches--therapeutic relationship--qualitative research; Palabras clave: Salud mental de adultos--enfoques psicosociales y psicoeducativos--relación terapéutica--investigación cualitativa; 关键词:成人心理健康--社会心理和心理教育方法--治疗关系--质性研究; Dewey: 616.89156
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Blackwell
  • Abstract: Abstract:

    Family psychoeducational interventions including Behavioural Family Therapy have an impressive evidence base in the treatment of schizophrenia. While there are challenges in their implementation including the engagement of families, in the few qualitative studies of Behavioural Family Therapy, families report largely positive experiences. Understanding more about families' experiences of Behavioural Family Therapy could guide changes to practice to improve implementation. This qualitative study involved interviews with twenty clients diagnosed with schizophrenia and twenty relatives who participated in Behavioural Family Therapy in Australia. Participants valued sharing experiences between family members and their relationship with the practitioner. Unlike previous studies they reported discomfort in sessions and disappointment in aspects of Behavioural Family Therapy. Greater emphasis on addressing this discomfort and on therapeutic alliance may help overcome implementation challenges.

    Practitioner points:

    Practitioners can use their therapeutic alliance with families to promote shared understanding by providing information as well as facilitating information sharing between family members

    Practitioners need to recognize and respond to the high levels of discomfort experienced by families and particularly the vulnerability of the person with schizophrenia

    An increased focus on engagement and the therapeutic alliance may improve the implementation of BFT in services


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100055684236.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0163-4445; 10.1111/1467-6427.12139
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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