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date: 03 December 2022

Family Therapylocked

Family Therapylocked

  • Cynthia FranklinCynthia FranklinUniversity of Texas at Austin
  •  and Laura M. HopsonLaura M. HopsonSchool of Social Work, University of Alabama


Family intervention has become an important tool for social work practitioners. This entry provides a brief history of family intervention and important influences as well as a synopsis of current research. Although these interventions require more research to better understand the populations for whom they are most effective, the evidence supports their usefulness in addressing such issues as aggression, substance use, and depression, among others.


  • Children and Adolescents
  • Couples and Families
  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Updated in this version

Bibliography has been updated. Research added on the promising interventions such as Solution-Focused Brief therapy and Emotion-Focused therapy. The current Evidence-Based status of interventions highlighted.

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