The Family Context of Failure to Thrive

  • Dennis Drotar
  • Janice Woychik
  • Carole Mantz-Clumpner
  • Corrine Brickell
  • Judy Negray
  • Mariel Wallace
  • Charles A. Malone


In recent years, a family systems perspective has extended understanding of normal developmental processes (Belsky, 1984; Parke, 1979) and deviations ranging from child maltreatment to psychosomatic disorders (Garbarino, 1977; Minuchin, Rosman & Baker, 1978). Our clinical experiences with the families of FTT infants (Drotar & Malone, 1982) have underscored the unique advantages of a family-centered conceptual framework as a guide for intervention in FTT. In addition to its pragmatic value in facilitating treatment planning, a family systems perspective provides a valuable conceptual model to better understand the origins and course of FTT and concomitant risk. This chapter considers clinical assessment of family influences in FTT and the implications for intervention strategies and future research.


Family Functioning Maternal Deprivation Parental Competence Parenting Partner Bureaucratic Regulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Drotar
    • 1
  • Janice Woychik
    • 1
  • Carole Mantz-Clumpner
    • 1
  • Corrine Brickell
    • 1
  • Judy Negray
    • 1
  • Mariel Wallace
    • 1
  • Charles A. Malone
    • 1
  1. 1.Case Western Reserve University School of MedicineUSA

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