Parent-therapist alliance and parent attachment-promoting behaviour in attachment-based family therapy for suicidal and depressed adolescents

Menachem M. Feder, Gary M. Diamond

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Abstract

This study examines whether the strength of the parent-therapist alliance, measured during the task of alliance building with parents alone, predicted the extent of parents' attachment-promoting behaviour in the subsequent conjoint parent-adolescent attachment task in the context of attachment-based family therapy (ABFT). Nineteen suicidal and depressed adolescents and their parents received 12 weeks of ABFT. The parent-therapist alliance and parents' attachment-promoting behaviour were each measured observationally by two separate and independent groups of raters. The findings show that the strength of the parent-therapist alliance predicted parents' subsequent attachment-promoting behaviour. However, parents' attachment-promoting behaviour did not predict the post-treatment outcomes. Clinical and methodological implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-101
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Family Therapy
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Alliance
  • Attachment
  • Parenting behaviour
  • Suicide
  • Therapy

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