ERIC Number: ED243039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct-11
Reference Count: 0
Family Therapy and Parent Training: An Integrative Review.
Levinger, Ann Cotton
This paper, written for counselors, psychologists, and educators, presents an integrative review of family therapy and parent training literature. Following the introduction, section 2 reviews family systems theory and family therapy; a definition of family therapy, a historical perspective, and theories of family systems, including the development of the field, are given. Structural family theory is presented dealing with the concept of the family, subsystems, boundaries, hierarchy, and goals and procedures of therapy. Research on family therapy is discussed drawing on case studies, research reviews, and empirical studies. In section 3, definitions and a historical perspective on parent training are presented, followed by an overview of anecdotal and systematic research. The research on behavioral parent training, in both group and individual formats, is reviewed. Similarly, Parent Effectiveness Training research, is reviewed, including discussion groups, parents as repondents, children and parents as respondents, and the behavior of children as measures of effectiveness. Research findings on parent training versus direct treatment for children are presented. The fourth and final section of the paper discusses the effects of applying structural family theory to parent training in the areas of living with children and Parent Effectiveness Training. A bibliography is appended. (BL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family Systems Theory; Parent Effectiveness Training
Note: Comprehensive doctoral review paper, University of Massachusetts.