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EFFT and Blended Families: Building Bonds from the Inside Out

EFFT and Blended Families: Building Bonds from the Inside Out Stepfamilies face a series of unique opportunities and challenges in their development. This article provides an overview of an emotionally focused family intervention for stepfamilies. Common stepfamily concerns are considered using attachment theory as a relational framework for conceptualizing the impact of structural change and loss on stepfamily adjustment. Problem patterns are understood in the context of an emerging family system where bids for connection may be missed or misinterpreted. Application of the emotionally focused approach demonstrates the role of attachment security in changing patterns of interaction that promote stability in the developing stepfamily system. A case study is presented that illustrates the approach's conceptualization and treatment of a prototypical stepfamily issue. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Systemic Therapies Guilford Press

EFFT and Blended Families: Building Bonds from the Inside Out

Journal of Systemic Therapies , Volume 26 (4) – Dec 1, 2007

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Guilford Press
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© Guilford Publications Inc.
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1195-4396
DOI
10.1521/jsyt.2007.26.4.44
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Abstract

Stepfamilies face a series of unique opportunities and challenges in their development. This article provides an overview of an emotionally focused family intervention for stepfamilies. Common stepfamily concerns are considered using attachment theory as a relational framework for conceptualizing the impact of structural change and loss on stepfamily adjustment. Problem patterns are understood in the context of an emerging family system where bids for connection may be missed or misinterpreted. Application of the emotionally focused approach demonstrates the role of attachment security in changing patterns of interaction that promote stability in the developing stepfamily system. A case study is presented that illustrates the approach's conceptualization and treatment of a prototypical stepfamily issue.

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Journal of Systemic TherapiesGuilford Press

Published: Dec 1, 2007

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