Source: (2010) Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse Briefing Number 16.

Adolescence is an important period of growth in which healthy transition from dependence on family ideally occurs, particularly in Western societies. This may be perceived, however, as meaning that young people are increasingly less likely to need family involvement and support in their lives. As a consequence of this, there is no consistent approach to the involvement of family members in treatment and intervention options for young people in need of support. This paper examines the literature regarding adolescent–parent relationships, and explores the evidence for family involvement in interventions, such as family therapy, to address adolescent problems. Examples of practice are provided. (author's abstract). Includes descriptions of programmes using mediation to respond to family conflict.

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