ERIC Number: ED193368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Ecological Structural Family Therapy with Cuban Immigrant Families.
Scopetta, Mercedes A.; And Others
Research and clinical practice at the Spanish Family Guidance Clinic (Miami, Florida) has suggested that ecological structural family therapy might be a treatment of choice for Cuban immigrants. Such a treatment approach was found to be consistent with the values of this population and was particularly helpful in addressing special problems arising from the acculturation process. Nevertheless, it was not clear whether both conceptualization and therapeutic intervention needed to be ecological, or whether it was sufficient to conceptualize in ecological terms but to intervene structurally only within the conjoint family context. The present study was conducted to investigate the relative effectiveness of two treatment approaches, labeled "intramural" and "ecological." The subjects were thirty-three Cuban families admitted to the clinic in 1975-76. All of these families had at least one adolescent member and one family member abusing drugs. The families were randomly assigned to different experimental groups and were treated by the clinic's therapists for from three to twenty sessions each. The results of the study indicate that both ecological and intramural treatment were highly effective forms of therapy for these families. The number of clients abusing drugs was greatly reduced, and the families improved their functioning in the educational, occupational, peer, judicial, social services, and recreational spheres. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida (Miami)