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Family-Based Interventions for Child and Adolescent Disorders


  • Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD., ABPP, Chaundrissa Oyeshiku Smith, PhD., ABPP, and Marietta H. Collins, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University; Michelle Robbins Broth, PhD, Department of Psychology, Georgia Gwinnett College.

Address correspondence to Nadine J. Kaslow, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Grady Health System, 80 Jesse Hill Jr Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30303; E-mail:


Emotional and behavioral symptoms and disorders are prevalent in children and adolescents. There has been a burgeoning literature supporting evidence-based treatments for these disorders. Increasingly, family-based interventions have been gaining prominence and demonstrating effectiveness for myriad childhood and adolescent disorders. This article presents the current evidence in support of family-based interventions for mood, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity, disruptive behavior, pervasive developmental particularly autism spectrum, and eating disorders. This review details recent data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and promising interventions not yet examined using a randomized controlled methodology. It highlights the evidence base supporting various specific family-based interventions, some of which are disorder dependent. A practitioner perspective is then offered with regard to recommendations for future practice and training. The article closes with a summary and directions for future research.