Attachment Based Family Therapy

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The purpose of a study by Diamond and Shpigel (2014) was to research the use of attachment-based family therapy for lesbian and gay young adults whose parents are not accepting of their sexual orientation. The authors point out that finding out your child is gay or lesbian can be hard for parents to accept. They have grown up in a heteronormative society and may fear that their child will face stigma for their sexual orientation (Diamond & Shpigel, 2014). Parents may also feel embarrassed about friends and family finding out (Diamond & Shpigel, 2014). Lastly, parents may have trouble giving up certain dreams they have had of their children regarding the type of family they may grow up to have (Diamond & Shpigel,
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They say this model is based on Bowen’s family therapy and attachment therapy and is based on empirical evidence (Diamond & Shpigel, 2014). Two random trials found this model of therapy to be better than the usual treatment (Diamond & Shpigel, 2014). This model states that first, trust must be re-established between the child and parents so that secure attachments are obtained (Diamond & Shpigel, 2014). After attachments have been healed, “the second half of the treatment focuses on promoting adolescent psychological autonomy and competence” (Diamond & Shpigel, 2014, para. …show more content…
Each of these tasks will likely take more than one session to complete. These tasks include focusing the treatment on attachment instead of other family problems, building an alliance with the adolescent and parent, building attachment, and promoting competency (Diamond & Shpigel, 2014).
Next, the authors gave examples of the five tasks based on six families they worked with (Diamond & Shpigel, 2014). Throughout the discussion of these five attatchment-based family therapy tasks, the authors explained how this therapy model was tailored specifically for gay and lesbian clients (Diamond & Shpigel, 2014). This section of the article reads somewhat like a case study, except that there are several cases placed into one.
Finally, the authors discussed their successes and failures in treating these families and others in their practice (Diamond & Shpigel, 2014). Although the therapists have very often been successful, they state there were times when their model has not been successful due to lack of cooperation from clients (Diamond & Shpigel, 2014). Diamond & Shpigel ( 2014) have also not been able to research this model of therapy with bisexual or transgender clients. They assert the need to further research with this model (Diamond & Shpigel,

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