Chapter 18. Family Systems Theory and Practice

John S. Rolland, M.D.; Froma Walsh, Ph.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623648.372770



Over the past three decades, family systems approaches to practice have become essential to the understanding and treatment of individual and relational disorders. These approaches are guided by a developmental, multisystemic conceptual orientation to human problems and processes of change, attending to the family and social context of functioning and well-being. Current research evidence supports involving families in assessment and treatment (Heru 2006).

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Table 18–1. Key processes in family resilience
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Table 18–2. Major approaches to family therapy


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