Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed and Suicidal Adolescents: Development, Research and Clinical Practice



Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) is an evidence-based model designed to treat depressed and suicidal adolescents. ABFT works with adolescent psychopathology in the context of family relationships by addressing ruptures in the parent–child relationship and restoring parents’ caregiving capacities and adolescents trust in attachment security. This paper provides a rational for family-based treatments for this disorder, an overview of clinical model and a review of some of the empirically work supporting the treatment efficacy and effectiveness.


Family therapy Adolescents Depression Suicide Attachment theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Couple and Family TherapyDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Family Safety Net II (FSN II), Family Intervention Science (FIS)Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Pennsylvania School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.College of Nursing and Health ProfessionDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  5. 5.Family Intervention Science (FIS)Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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