Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy

  • Allen Sabey
  • Adele Lafrance
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1075-1

Synonyms

Introduction

Emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT) is an approach to family therapy whereby parents are viewed as essential to their children’s mental health treatment. The primary aim of EFFT is to recruit and empower parents to engage in a primary supportive role in helping their child to cope with and/or recover from their behavioral and emotional challenges. Although empirical research is limited given its relatively brief existence, preliminary outcome and process research show promise among a variety of clinical populations and research is ongoing.

Prominent Associated Figures

Adele Lafrance

Joanne Dolhanty

Theoretical Framework

Part of the emotion-focused therapy family, EFFT was initially developed as an adjunct to family-based treatment for eating disorders in order to help parents to support their children in dealing with both behavioral symptoms and the emotional processes fueling them. From the EFFT perspective, emotion processing can play a key role in the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Laurentian UniversitySudburyCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA