Structural Family Versus Psychodynamic Child Therapy for Problematic Hispanic Boys

José Szapocznik, Arturo Rio, Edward Murray, Raquel Cohen, Mercedes Scopetta, Ana Rivas-Vazquez, Olga Hervis, Vivian Posada, William Kurtines

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Structural family therapy, psychodynamic child therapy, and a recreational control condition were compared for 69 six- to-twelve-year-old Hispanic boys who presented with behavioral and emotional problems. The results suggest that the control condition was significantly less effective in retaining cases than the two treatment conditions, which were apparently equivalent in reducing behavioral and emotional problems as well as in improving psychodynamic ratings of child functioning. Structural family therapy was more effective than psychodynamic child therapy in protecting the integrity of the family at 1-year follow-up. Finally, the results did not support basic assumptions of structural family systems therapy regarding the mechanisms mediating symptom reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-578
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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