Monday, March 16, 2015

Family Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

■ Family Risk and Protective Factors for Anxiety and Depression o Parent and adolescent conflict, parental rejection, and parental depression have been linked to depression in childhood and adolescents.
o There is evidence that maternal characteristics such as low warmth, negativity, catastrophizing, and low autonomy granting, are linked to psychopathology and alcoholism.
o Anxiety has also been linked to marital negativism and dissatisfaction.

■ Family based Treatment for Child and Adolescent Emotional problems o When testing several therapy options, results favored individual CBT over the other interventions in the rate of recovery and depressive symptoms.

■ Family Based Treatment for Adult Depression and Anxiety o Behavioral couples therapies for depression focus on teaching couples to communicate and problem solve more effectively, while increasing positive interactions and reducing negative exchanges.
o Family interventions for child and adolescent emotional disorders have lagged behind the progress seen in family approaches for behavioral disorders.
o There is slightly more evidence for the effectiveness of family interventions for child anxiety than depression. offers online prep for NASW. Unlimited access to practice exams, case studies, simulations, video, audio, and flash cards 24/7.