Journal of Family Therapy 1987; 9:339-353
Reproduced with permission of the Journal, Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in the UK and Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com.
E.P. Sein, T. Fundudis and I. Kolvin, "A behavioural and systems approach to family therapy: a position paper", Journal of Family Therapy. Volume 9, pp. 339-353, (The Association for Family Therapy, 1987). The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com.
An integrated model of a behavioural and systems-approach to family therapy is presented, the main premise being that family interactions are affected by reciprocal determination of cognitions, feelings and behaviours in relation to the environment. Assessment involves a systematic exploration of the interaction and transactional patterns within the family, and the identification of the dysfunctional aspects of such patterns. The main aim of the intervention is to produce change in family behaviour by addressing the important cognitive and affective issues. This entails techniques such as cognitive restructuring, social modelling and operant conditioning which can be used separately, in parallel, or in combination. Whether one or more of these techniques is used depends on the nature of the family's problems and the aims of treatment.