Functional Family Therapy ( Fft )

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Functional Family Therapy. Functional family therapy (FFT; Alexander & Parsons, 1982) is based on the premise that the behaviours of each family member serve a certain function within the family system. In the context of conduct disorders and antisocial behaviours, FFT views these behaviours as serving a necessary function for the child in the family system, which is then the reason why the child continues to engage in those deviant behaviours (Baker, 2012). For example, the antisocial behaviour of the child could function in receiving support and intimacy from other family members. The goal of FFT, then, is to produce an environment of adaptive family functioning by changing the dysfunctional behavioural & cognitive aspects of the family, and also the communication patterns between family members (Baker, 2012).
Compared to the above-mentioned treatments, FFT has been less well researched and there is mixed research regarding the efficacy of FFT as a treatment for CD and antisocial behaviours in children. Earlier studies of efficacy and effectiveness (Alexander & Parsons, 1973; Alexander et al., 1994; Klein, Alexander, & Parsons, 1977) found positive outcomes for youth with antisocial behaviours, namely that FFT was more beneficial for children with CD than other forms of therapy, as well as control groups, in improving family interactions and decreasing rates of reoffending. However, more recent studies, such as those containing substance-abusing adolescents, failed to…
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