College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Family behavior therapy for use in child welfare: Results of a case study involving an abused woman formally diagnosed with alcohol dependence, bipolar disorder, and several anxiety disorders

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Publication Title

Clinical Case Studies

ISSN

1534-6501

Volume

9

Abstract

The results of a multiple-baseline case study of family behavior therapy (FBT) is described in a woman formally diagnosed with alcohol dependence, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, and panic disorder. She was referred to treatment from the local Department of Family Services for child neglect and domestic violence. After baseline measures were administered, the first phase of treatment involved home safety tours aimed at reducing home hazards and cleanliness. A second phase of treatment additionally targeted family relationships through communication skills training exercises, and a third phase involved administration of the remaining FBT components to assist in comprehensively addressing other problem areas. Results indicated most problem areas were substantially improved, but only after they were comprehensively targeted in therapy.

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