Designing effective behavioral family interventions for stepfamilies

Lawton, Ian M. and Sanders, Matthew R. (1994) Designing effective behavioral family interventions for stepfamilies. Clinical Psychology Review, 14 5: 463-496. doi:10.1016/0272-7358(94)90037-X

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Author Lawton, Ian M.
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title Designing effective behavioral family interventions for stepfamilies
Journal name Clinical Psychology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-7358
Publication date 1994
Year available 1994
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0272-7358(94)90037-X
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 14
Issue 5
Start page 463
End page 496
Total pages 34
Editor Bellack, , Alan S.
Hersen, Michel
Place of publication New York
Publisher Pergamon/Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
380100 Psychology
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Abstract There is growing evidence that children living in stepfamilies are at greater risk of developing behavior problems, particularly aggressive, antisocial behavior problems, than children living in intact two-parent families. These children are also at high risk of serious long-term consequences including school drop-out and substance abuse. Despite the existence of an effective technology for treating behaviorally disturbed children within traditional family contexts, no research has examined the efficacy of intervention programs designed for children with behavior problems living in stepfamilies. This article reviews the stepfamily research literature to identify factors contributing to child behavior problems in the remarried family context. An integrated model of the development and maintenance of child behavior problems in stepfamilies is developed. Key areas relevant to the treatment of problems in the stepfamily context are discussed. A behavioral family intervention addressing the skills deficits identified in the model is outlined. The implications for the design of stepfamily interventions and issues relevant to conducting effective therapy are highlighted. There is a clear need for future research in this area. In particular, it is recommended that controlled trials be conducted of interventions that specifically address factors known to contribute to child behavior problems in stepfamilies, and which use state of the art behavioral family intervention techniques.
Keyword BFI
Behavioral Family Intervention
Behavioural Family Intervention
behaviour problems
behavior problems
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes This is an author version of an article originally published as Ian M. Lawton and Matthew R. Sanders (1994) Designing effective behavioral family interventions for stepfamilies. Clinical Psychology Review, 14 5: 463-496. doi:10.1016/0272-7358(94)90037-X. Copyright 1994 Elsevier. All rights reserved. Single copies only may be downloaded and printed for a user’s personal research and study.

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