Conduct Disorders in Couple and Family Therapy
The primary aims of this chapter are to provide (a) an up-to-date overview of the research literature concluding that several family-based therapies are the most extensively validated treatments of youths with serious conduct problems, (b) brief overviews of the clinical methods used in these family-based treatments, and (c) a discussion of their commonalities – commonalities that have implications for the effectiveness of family therapy approaches in general.
The content of the chapter is based largely on two recent and extensive reviews of the corresponding research literatures. McCart and Sheidow (2016) evaluated 86 published studies over a 48-year period that covered 50 unique treatment protocols. Based on criteria used by the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Psychological Interventions, treatments were classified as either well established (e.g., at least two independent, well-designed studies demonstrating efficacy), probably efficacious(e.g.,...
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