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Family Counseling
A discussion to determine whether or not family counseling can provide outcomes for clients that are commensurate with other types of counseling.
# 105950 | 786 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 22, 2008 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Psychology (Disorders)

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The paper investigates whether or not family counseling can provide outcomes for clients that are commensurate with other types of counseling-i.e. cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, etc. The paper attempts to provide not only a clear understanding of the importance of the research but also a clear understanding of the current gaps that exist in the literature.

Review of the Literature

From the Paper:

"In a similar vein of inquiry Fals-Stewart and O'Farrell (2003) compared therapeutic interventions for opioid-dependent patients. In this review, recovering addicts were assigned to either a family therapy group with individual support or an individual-based treatment (IBT) only group. All patients were supported with naltrexone therapy to help them cope with the physical aspects of addition. The results of the investigation indicate that family therapy participants were more likely to attend scheduled treatment sessions and had a lower rate of relapse than participants in the IBT group. Further, at one year follow-up, family therapy participants had fewer drug related legal and family issues."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Crane, D., Hillin, H., & Jakubowski, S. (2005). Costs of treating conduct disordered Medicaid youth with and without family therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy, 33(5), 403-413.
  • Fals-Steward, W., & O'Farrell, T.J. (2003). Behavioral family counseling and naltrexone for male opioid dependent patients. Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, 71(3), 432-442.
  • Hogue, A., Liddle, H.A., Rowe, C., et al., (1998). Treatment adherence and differentiation in individual versus family therapy for adolescent substance abuse. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 45(1), 104-114.
  • Kolko, D.J. (1996). Individual cognitive behavioral treatment and family therapy for physically abused children and their offending parents: A comparison of clinical outcomes. Child Maltreatment, 1(4), 322-342.
  • Rea, M.M., Tompson, M.C., & Miklowitz, D.J. (2003). Family-focused treatment versus individual treatment for bipolar disorder: Results of a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, 71(3), 482-492.

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APA Format

Family Counseling (2008, July 22) Retrieved February 28, 2024, from

MLA Format

"Family Counseling" 22 July 2008. Web. 28 February. 2024. <>