ERIC Number: ED412299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Brief Structural/Strategic Family Therapy with African American and Hispanic High Risk Youth.
Santisteban, Daniel A.; Coatsworth, J. Douglas; Perez-Vidal, Angel; Mitrani, Victoria; Jean-Gilles, Michele; Szapocnik, Jose
The intervention described in this paper used Brief Strategic/Structural Family Therapy (BSFT) to reduce the likelihood that African American and Hispanic youth would initiate drug use by decreasing existing behavior problems at the individual level and improving maladaptive family functioning at the family level. The program targeted African American and Hispanic families with children aged 12 to 14 who were showing conduct problems and antisocial behavior. BSFT is based on the Structural Family Therapy work of S. Minuchin (1974) and H. Aponte and J. VanDeusen (1981). It is a flexible model with the length of the intervention tailored to the special needs of each family. The usual duration of the intervention is 12 to 16 weeks, and its core components are joining, family pattern diagnosis, and restructuring. The effectiveness of the approach was evaluated for 122 adolescents and their families. Results show that BSFT can have a powerful impact at individual and family levels. The program resulted in significant improvements on conduct disorder and socialized aggression for individuals and on an indicator of overall family functioning. BSFT appeared to have a treatment effect rather than a preventive effect. (Contains 4 figures and 32 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
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