Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Attachment-Based Family Therapy

  • Guy S. DiamondEmail author
  • Jody Russon
  • Suzanne Levy
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_158

Name of Model

Attachment-Based Family Therapy


Attachment-based family therapy (ABFT; Diamond et al. 2014) is a trust-based, emotion-focused, empirically supported treatment that aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild secure, protective caregiver-child relationships. ABFT is designed to improve the family’s capacity for affect regulation, relational organization, and problem solving. This strengthens family cohesion, which can buffer against depression, suicidal thinking, and risk behaviors (Restifo and Bogels 2009). This framework is particularly relevant to adolescents for whom the family context is inescapable (Maccoby and Martin 1983). ABFT is rooted in structural family therapy, multidimensional family therapy, emotionally focused therapy, and contextual family therapy. The ABFT manual is interpersonal and process-focused, but offers a structure and roadmap for how to facilitate depth-oriented therapy in a 12 to 16 week period. The model unfolds in five...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Family InterventionDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Center for Family Intervention ScienceDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  • Ryan M. Earl
    • 2
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA