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Family Therapy and Circular Causality

Traditional family therapy requires all members of the family to participate in treatment sessions, and holds that most problems are maintained through "circular causality." What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of this circular causality framework, particularly as applied to various presenting problems (e.g., alcoholism or depression) and to various family characteristics (e.g., a first-generation immigrant family or a single mother struggling financially)?

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Family therapy can be an effective way to help families learn to communicate and work through problems that affect the entire family. Research has shown that in most cases, family is beneficial in treating substance abuse, anxiety disorders, depression, and also effective in reducing behavior and academic problems in children that have been diagnosed with ADHD (1).

Family therapy can help family members learn to express themselves to the other members of the family in ways that are not harmful to the family unit. This type of therapy provides a neutral ground for families to be able to discuss things that may be bothering them without fear of ...

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Discusses family therapy and circular causality.