ERIC Number: EJ803824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Treating Parent-Adolescent Conflict: Is Acceptance the Missing Link for an Integrative Family Therapy?
Greco, Laurie A.; Eifert, Georg H.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v11 n3 p305-314 Sum 2004
Change-oriented strategies such as problem-solving/communication training (PS/CT) and parental behavior management training (BMT) have been used to treat parent-adolescent conflict. Although several studies have documented the efficacy of these approaches relative to wait-list control conditions, clinically significant improvements have not been achieved for the majority of adolescents with significant behavioral problems such as comorbid ADHD/ODD. A similar pattern of findings was observed in earlier studies examining couple relationships. Extending the focus and scope of traditional couple therapy to an acceptance-based integrative approach has led to impressive treatment improvements in that area. In a similar vein, we propose an integrative family therapy and suggest enhancing more traditional change-oriented approaches such as PS/CT and BMT by integrating acceptance strategies into a values-centered family therapy. We discuss the role of experiential avoidance and values orientation within a family context and present examples of techniques adapted from traditionally adult- and couple-focused therapies. Finally, we discuss the balancing and sequencing of acceptance and change techniques and offer suggestions for future research and practice.
Descriptors: Conflict, Family Counseling, Management Development, Therapy, Behavior Modification, Problem Solving, Parent Education, Attention Deficit Disorders, Parent Child Relationship, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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