The implementation and the cultural adjustment of functional family therapy in a Dutch psychiatric day-treatment center

R.E. Breuk, T.L. Sexton, A. Dam, C. Disse, T.A.H. Doreleijers, N.W. Slot

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Abstract

Because of the increasing severity of adolescent problem behavior, evidence-based practices are becoming of interest as an alternative to traditional treatment with the behavior problems of adolescents in juvenile justice settings. Despite interest in evidence-based practices, questions exist regarding whether or not evidence-based intervention models can be successfully transported to cultures other than those in which they were developed. This article describes the transportation process of an American evidence-based family therapy (Functional Family Therapy [FFT]) into the service delivery system of a psychiatric day treatment center for juvenile delinquents in Amsterdam. The characteristics of FFT that make it cross-culturally sensitive are discussed. Results from the changes in service delivery suggest FFT can be successfully implemented in international settings with adjustments to make the model fit the culture(s) of the Netherlands without changing the model of FFT itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-529
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume32
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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