Evaluation of Functional Family Therapy in an Irish Context

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Title: Evaluation of Functional Family Therapy in an Irish Context
Authors: Graham, Clare
Carr, Alan
Rooney, Brendan
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7278
Date: Feb-2014
Online since: 2015-12-08T17:02:46Z
Abstract: In an Irish context we conducted a retrospective archival study of Functional Family Therapy for adolescents with behavioural problems. Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire data were collected from 118 families at the beginning and end of therapy (at baseline and follow-up for drop outs) in a community-based clinic in a socially disadvantaged Dublin suburb. Analyses of improvement in mean scores and clinical recovery rates showed that outcome was associated with treatment completion and therapist adherence. Therapy completers treated by high-adherent therapists had the most favourable outcome. In contrast, the worst outcome occurred for drop outs. The outcome of cases treated by low-adherent therapists fell between these two extremes. These results show that FFT may be effectively implemented in an Irish context, and that the effectiveness of treatment is associated with families remaining in treatment for an average of 17 sessions, and receiving treatment from therapists who implement FFT witha high degree of fidelity.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Journal of Family Therapy
Volume: 36
Issue: 1
Start page: 20
End page: 38
Copyright (published version): 2013 The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice
Keywords: Functional family therapyStrengths and difficulties questionnaireFamily therapy researchFamily therapy evaluationAdolescent behaviour problems
DOI: 10.1111/1467-6427.12028
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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