Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Functional Family Therapy

  • James F. AlexanderEmail author
  • Michael Robbins
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_161

Name of Model

Functional Family Therapy


Functional Family Therapy (FFT; Alexander and Parsons 1982; Alexander et al. 2013) is a well-established treatment for troubled youth and their families. FFT offers a comprehensive framework for understanding a broad spectrum of adolescent behavior problems, linking behavioral and cognitive intervention strategies to each youth’s familial and ecological characteristics by systematically matching specific interventions to the unique qualities of each youth, family, culture, and treatment system.

With over four decades of clinical research, independent reviews, clinical training experiences with diverse professionals, and with dissemination across populations, cultures, and treatment contexts, FFT’s core philosophy has reflected and epitomized the critical importance of research, evaluation, and accountability. The ultimate focus has been and remains on providing the highest quality of care possible through monitoring and studying...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Functional Family Therapy LLCSeattleUSA

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