Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) is aimed at young people (aged 5 – 18) who are at risk of developing serious behaviour problems, including delinquency and substance abuse. BSFT is a short-term, problem-focused intervention. Families are seen conjointly, with emphasis on modifying maladaptive patterns of interactions. Typical sessions last from 60 to 90 minutes, with 12-15 sessions taking place over three months. Therapy is based upon the assumption that each family has unique characteristics that emerge when family members interact, and that this family "system" influences all members of the family, thus the family is viewed as a whole organism. The repetitive interactions, or ways in which family members interact and behave with regard to one another, can be either successful or unsuccessful. BSFT targets these interaction patterns that are directly related to the young person's behaviour problems and establishes a practical plan to help the family develop more effective patterns of interaction.
|Target group||Children and adolescents aged 5 – 18 who are perceived as being "at-risk"|
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Externalising behaviour symptoms: -0.50*
*statistically significant at p<0.05
Figure(s) taken from Appendix A of this report.