Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Adolescents in Couple and Family Therapy

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_424-1

Name of Family Form

Adolescents in Families

Introduction

The systemic approach of couple and family therapy has always viewed adolescents as a central part of how families function, struggle, and are able to ultimately make successful clinical changes. Life cycle models of family development suggest that the stable relational patters established in families can be disrupted as younger children become adolescents. Changing adolescent behavior and the ability of the family relational system to adapt can be critical stress points for families. In some cases, adolescent behavior and the resulting reactions from parents create family conflict, negativity, and within-family blame that make it difficult for families to successfully solve daily problems. In some cases, adolescent behavior problems emerge overwhelming the family’s ability to manage. The behavioral expression of a youth’s struggles can result in violence, criminal behavior, and other consequences for not only the youth but also...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent PracticeBloomingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  • Allen Sabey
    • 2
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA