Family systems practice in pediatric psychology

J Pediatr Psychol. 2002 Mar;27(2):133-43. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/27.2.133.


Objective: To present a pediatric psychology consultation treatment framework based on family systems and developmental theories.

Methods: After reviewing background relevant to family systems interventions, a five-step protocol (referral, assessment, collaboration, outcome) for consultation is presented, using case examples from our pediatric oncology service, to illustrate joining, focusing, promoting competence and collaboration with patients, families, and staff.

Results: Using protocols based on family systems frameworks, pediatric psychologists can offer systems-oriented consultation to patients, families, and healthcare teams.

Conclusions: Further development and evaluation of family systems protocols are necessary to understand the efficacy of these approaches and their role in training and practice.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Family / psychology*
  • Family Health
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Psychology, Child / trends*
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Systems Theory