Applying family life cycle concepts in psychological practice with children and young people

Moghaddam, Nima (2014) Applying family life cycle concepts in psychological practice with children and young people. Applied Psychological Research Journal, 1 (2). pp. 26-33. ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Family life cycle models offer a framework for understanding family development and defining ‘normative’ transitions within this developmental progression. As such, family life cycle models have the potential to inform clinical practice: by allowing case presentations to be contextualised in terms of broader systemic and temporal processes, and possible disruptions to expected transitions. This article critically considers how family life cycle models, and the notion of normative transition, might be used to support psychological understanding and intervention when working clinically with children and young people. Models of normative development and transition may be helpfully integrated with broader psychological models to inform idiographic case formulation, and thereby influence practice. Although normative models can be used indicatively, care should be taken not to use these models prescriptively.

Keywords:family life cycle, clinical psychology, Child and adolescent mental health services, oaopen, bmjissn, JCNotOpen
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science
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ID Code:14758
Deposited On:27 Aug 2014 15:33

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