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  • Family Safety Net

    The current study will test the efficacy of two treatments, Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) and Non-Directive Supportive Therapy with Parent Psychoeducation (NDST-P), in improving depression and suicide ideation in high-risk adolescents. Our target population is adolescents with severe and persistent suicidal ideation (a serious risk factor for suicidal behavior and hospitalization, and a condition usually requiring attention by health professional) (Spirito & Esposito-Smythers, 2006; Prinstein et al., 2008). Read More...

  • Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT)

    ABFT is the only manualized, empirically informed family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories that suggest adolescent depression and suicide can be precipitated, exacerbated or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal relationships in families. It is a trust-based, emotion-focused psychotherapy model that aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild an emotionally protective, secure-based parent–child relationship.
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  • Helping Kin Cope With Caregiving

    Care for the chronically ill or disabled has always resided in the family. But Western societies increasingly recognize that the role may not come naturally. Read More...

  • Maureen Davey, PhD: Who Helps the Young When Their Caregivers Can’t?

    Humans’ exceptionally long childhood affords time to develop under the care and tutelage of adults -- but illness in a caregiver skews this paradigm, imposing burdens that the young are ill-equipped to shoulder, especially when support is lacking. Dr. Maureen Davey studies the effects of mental or physical disorders such as depression or cancer on the family. Read More...