The efficacy of family intervention in adolescent mental health
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by D Goodman, Brenda Happell
The term 'family therapy' is used to encompass a range of approaches that share a common view about the importance of family involvement in psychiatric disorders. This paper reviews the effectiveness of family interventions in adolescent mental health with a special emphasis on single session therapy. Research evidence shows that the family intervention in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety andanorexia not only provides better outcomes, but also increases client satisfaction with services.Among the family therapy approaches, single session therapy (SST) seems to be a flexible and v~ry effective model for adolescent mental disorders, which seem to offer an efficient means of providing rapid access· to services whilst removing some of the difficulties associated with other forms of family therapy approaches. A new service development model is also discussed by drawing together a number of ideas encountered in practice settings.