One-person family therapy: A modality of brief strategic family therapy

F. H. Foote, J. Szapocznik, W. M. Kurtines

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The literature substantiates the effectiveness of family therapy approaches with a number of presenting problems. In a major national survey of 2,012 agencies offering services to drug abusers, 93 per cent of the respondents indicated family therapy as the treatment of choice with drug abusers. Despite this wide acceptance, considerable evidence suggests that inducing families of drug abusers to participate in extended treatment is extremely difficult. The NIDA-sponsored Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) project developed and refined the BSFT conceptual model to address some of the difficulties encountered with family therapy. In doing so, this project developed a cost-effective and therapeutically effective approach to family therapy for use with drug-abusing adolescents. BSFT's therapeutic effectiveness is summarized in the Research Findings section of this paper. BSFT's cost-effectiveness results from its brevity (15 weekly sessions or fewer) and rate of retention. Thus BSFT capitalizes on the therapeutic effectiveness of family while increasing its cost-effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-65
Number of pages15
JournalNIDA Research Monograph Series
VolumeNO. 58
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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