Chapter 34. Family Therapy Approaches to Bipolar Disorder

  1. Lakshmi N. Yatham2 and
  2. Mario Maj3
  1. David J. Miklowitz

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch34

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

How to Cite

Miklowitz, D. J. (2010) Family Therapy Approaches to Bipolar Disorder, in Bipolar Disorder (eds L. N. Yatham and M. Maj), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch34

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Psychiatry, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  2. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

Author Information

  1. UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavor Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 760 Westwood Plaza, Rm 58-217 David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1759, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470721988

Online ISBN: 9780470661277



  • family therapy approaches to bipolar disorder;
  • family psychoeducation to bipolar disorder (BD);
  • expressed emotion (EE), construct well-studied in schizophrenia and major depressive disorder;
  • Family-Focused Treatment (FFT) - in laboratories at University of California, Los Angeles;
  • objectives of Family-Focused Treatment (FFT);
  • Problem solving, families taught - identify specific areas of disagreement, generate and evaluate solutions and implement solutions;
  • clinicians, emotional support for parents and clinical referrals - as appropriate;
  • communication enhancement training (CET) sessions;
  • FFT, effective in stabilizing bipolar mood symptoms and delaying recurrences and rehospitalizations;
  • Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Theoretical background

  • Family-focused treatment

  • Communication enhancement training

  • Problem solving

  • Empirical studies of FFT

  • Multifamily group approaches

  • Cognitive-behavioural family models

  • Conclusions

  • Directions for future research

  • References