The effectiveness of family interventions for physical disorders

J Marital Fam Ther. 2003 Apr;29(2):263-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2003.tb01204.x.


This article reviews the evidence for the effectiveness of family interventions in the prevention and treatment of physical disorders. Pathways by which families influence physical health and a typology of family interventions are described. Family intervention studies, particularly randomized clinical trials, are reviewed in four clinical areas: family caregiving of elders, childhood chronic illness, spouse involvement in chronic adult illnesses, and health promotion/disease prevention. Implications for family clinicians and recommendations for future research are presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers / psychology
  • Chronic Disease / psychology*
  • Chronic Disease / therapy
  • Family Relations*
  • Family Therapy*
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic