Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
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Biobehavioral Family Model, The

  • Beatrice WoodEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_701




The Biobehavioral Family Model (BBFM) is a multilevel systemic biopsychosocial model, positing reciprocal pathways of effect among family and individual function (Wood et al. 2000, 2008, 2015). This model rests upon assumptions of the interdependence of relational, emotional, and biological processes consistent with the current “social and affective neuroscience” paradigm. The BBFM posits that patterns of family relational process influence one another and collectively either buffer against or potentiate emotional, physiological, and developmental dysfunction in individual family members (see Fig. 1).
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  1. 1.State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA

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  • Rachel M. Diamond
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  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HartfordUSA