Functional Family Therapy Study

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Effects of Family Therapy on Criminal Behavior vs. Prison Rehabilitation Methods Regina Hudson Southern New Hampshire University Abstract This Functional Family Therapy (FFT) study was conducted to discover the effects of a family based rehabilitation approach through family therapy, based on evidence of greater family relationships, interrelation, and structure. Prime risk factors in criminal behaviors begin with the developmental, biological, and socially structures in the family. The findings have proved that approaching the problems in the roots of relationships will deter growth into family conflict, distress and combat criminal risk factors in the risk of reoffending. The study approaches juvenile, mental health,…show more content…
Typical risk factors include anti-social attitudes, life skills, beliefs and values combined with treatment, vocational training, educational programs, and employment, to reduce the reoffending probability. Offenders with families have the social support needed to prevent lower risk offenders from reoffending. The justice system does recognize that offenders sometimes rely on family members for necessities in survival. The majority of offenders seek assistance from family for the basic needs of life such as housing, food, medical needs and employment seeking, therefore the criminal justice systems does recognize the needs for a family focused approach to the treatment and supervision of…show more content…
The higher the issues the more problems the family will face in dealing with inter family relationships. This method helps the offender and the family learn what their problems are in order to find a solution and build stronger family relationships and bonding (Datchi & Sexton, 2013). Behavioral functioning Using the LSI-R for measurements and treatments decisions based on criminogenic risks including marital and family interactions, drug and alcohol issues, psychological distress, living environment characteristics, social and anti-social beliefs and attitudes, all of which are assessed by the probation department are future predictors of criminal behavior (Datchi & Sexton, 2013). Results The result of the successful completion of family therapy has shown a significant decrease in individual offending when family interrelationships were stronger and families bonded together and helped the individual and they knew they had someone positive to count on in life. Finding of these therapy sessions have shown much less criminal risk factors for offenders that were placed on probation which has in turn decreased criminal offending and was a successful method for rehabilitation (Datchi & Sexton,

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