Attachment-based family therapy interventions

Psychotherapy (Chic). 2014 Mar;51(1):15-9. doi: 10.1037/a0032689. Epub 2013 Sep 23.

Abstract

Attachment-Based Family Therapy is a treatment model designed specifically for depressed and suicidal adolescents. The primary goal of the treatment is to promote developmentally appropriate adolescent-parent attachment. Three core interventions are discussed: relational reframes; focusing on primary emotions and unmet attachment needs; and facilitating corrective attachment episodes. For each intervention, the theoretical/clinical rationale is presented followed by a brief illustration and relevant research findings.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Communication
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy*
  • Emotions
  • Family Conflict / psychology
  • Family Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Object Attachment*
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder / psychology
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder / therapy
  • Self Concept
  • Self Disclosure
  • Social Support
  • Suicidal Ideation*
  • Suicide / prevention & control*
  • Suicide / psychology*