Systemic therapy: what difference does systemic therapy make to the outcomes for children and families?

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Corporate author(s)
About Families (Organization)
About Families
Date of publication
1 November 2011
Evidence response
Families, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This report looks at what evidence exists regarding the extent to which systemic therapy improves outcomes for children and families. Systemic therapy is a form of psychotherapy which addresses behaviour and psychological symptoms within the context of people's day to day lives, interpersonal relationships and interactions by focusing on the system rather than the individual. It has been found to be helpful in addressing and resolving day to day difficulties and concerns such as communication difficulties, interpersonal relationships, behavioural difficulties in children and young people and/or marital/couple conflict and distress in adults. At the same time, it has been accepted as an effective therapeutic approach for specific problems and disorders in children and adults such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorder and drug and alcohol misuse.

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