Trauma-Informed Family Practices: Toward Integrated and Evidence-Based Approaches

Trauma-Informed Family Practices: Toward Integrated and Evidence-Based Approaches Families are a primary context in which children and adolescents exposed to adverse experiences and traumatic stress receive care and support. However, families are relatively under-studied in the literature on trauma-informed practice (TIP). Extant research on family-focused TIPs emphasizes distinct conceptual approaches and is characterized by methodological limitations. To better understand how TIPs can optimize family health and well-being, we discuss the need for more integrated and evidence-based approaches, and summarize four key conceptual and methodological issues: (1) adopting a multilevel approach to TIP; (2) adapting evidence-based family interventions to TIP; (3) accounting for complexity in family systems; and (4) incorporating longitudinal, mixed-method designs into research on family TIPs. We integrate this discussion with examples of existing family-based practices, and conclude with a summary of potential directions for future research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Child and Family Studies Springer Journals

Trauma-Informed Family Practices: Toward Integrated and Evidence-Based Approaches

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Psychology; Child and School Psychology; Social Sciences, general; Sociology, general
ISSN
1062-1024
eISSN
1573-2843
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10826-018-1118-0
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Abstract

Families are a primary context in which children and adolescents exposed to adverse experiences and traumatic stress receive care and support. However, families are relatively under-studied in the literature on trauma-informed practice (TIP). Extant research on family-focused TIPs emphasizes distinct conceptual approaches and is characterized by methodological limitations. To better understand how TIPs can optimize family health and well-being, we discuss the need for more integrated and evidence-based approaches, and summarize four key conceptual and methodological issues: (1) adopting a multilevel approach to TIP; (2) adapting evidence-based family interventions to TIP; (3) accounting for complexity in family systems; and (4) incorporating longitudinal, mixed-method designs into research on family TIPs. We integrate this discussion with examples of existing family-based practices, and conclude with a summary of potential directions for future research.

Journal

Journal of Child and Family StudiesSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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