Paper Information

Journal:   PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES   SUMMER 2007 , Volume 3 , Number 2; Page(s) 7 To 28.
 
Paper: 

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF STRUCTURAL FAMILY THERAPY ON TREATING CHILDREN'S SEPARATION ANXIETY DISORDER

 
 
Author(s):  MOUSAVI R., MORADI ALI REZA, MAHDAVI HERSINI S.E.
 
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Abstract: 

The present research aims to investigate the efficacy of "Structural Family Therapy" on treating children's separation Anxiety through altering the family structure, reducing parents, conflicts and promoting family functioning.
Adopting a quasi-experimental method, the researcher performed a pretest-posttest intervention and repeated measures procedure. Forty families having at least one child with Separation Anxiety disorder were randomly assigned to four equal groups: Two experimental groups (parents of one group had low literacy level and the parents of the other group had high literacy level) and two control groups (parents with low and high literacy levels.)
The two experimental groups under went same treatment for nine sessions. Additionally, they participated in a follow-up session six weeks after the last intervention session. Then a multi-modal assessment of anxiety was performed including Spence's Children's Anxiety Scale" and a diagnostic interview based on DSMIV- TR criteria (2000). The control groups were left untreated.
The results of factor analysis and repeated measures of Tukey post-hoc indicated the significant effectiveness of Structural Family Therapy on ameliorating children's separation Anxiety (at p<0.001), while no significant difference was reported on the efficacy of the intervention program for literate and non-literate families.

 
Keyword(s): SEPARATION ANXIETY DISORDER, STRUCTURAL FAMILY THERAPY
 
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