Structural Family Therapy


Underthe StructuralFamily Therapy(STF), therapists seek to enter into functioning of a family unit inorder to understand the values and other social components with theaim of generating a healthier family relationship. Therapists usingthe model contend that the challenges facing an individual do notrest on the affected person rather within the family setting. Theidea is to avoid repetitive sequences that influence the occurrenceof a disease or health complication within a family. This is realizedby changing the dysfunctional formation hence promote family supportamong the members. STF offers new alternatives that aid in solvingchallenges as well as social interactions among the members. As such,family characteristics such as behavior are altered towards therealization of better values and interaction levels. In providing STFfor the adopted kids, it is important to consider various issues thatinfluence their behavior and thinking.Beingin their early stages of development, the adopted kids encounterchallenges such as victimization and depression. They are alsoexposed to high risks of sexual abuse, unsafe sexual practices,verbal abuse, physical abuse and mental health problems. Adopted kidsface most of these challenges owing to the new family setting andlack of proper parenting. The adopters hence jeopardizing thesuccessful of any form of therapy adequately support others. Withthis in mind, therapists need to consider appropriate mechanismsthrough better understanding of their prevailing conditions. In thenew family set-up, the adopted kids lack bondage with their siblingshence has to try to conform to the new environment. In conforming tothe new family environment, the kids experience social andpsychological challenges that expose them to risks(Goldenberg &amp Goldenberg, 2013).Therapistsneed to understand that the family can be either functional ordysfunctional depending on the capacity of the individuals to adaptto the prevailing stressors. The bond between the adopted kids andthe new family is composite hence reduced interactions. In case thefamily has other siblings, there exist other subsystems that must beconsidered. This includes the relationship with the other siblingsbesides the parents. It is expected that the therapy will helpintroduce new mechanism on emotional and physical support to theadopted kid(s).Each sub-cluster require different intervention measures (Metcalf,2011).

Creatingdeliberate awareness enhances personal performance and eventualparticipation in meaningful social activities. Therapists need toadopt ethical approaches when communicating as means to help inchanging the behaviors.The interactions between therapist and the family are largely basedon the experiences and encounters. Using in-person interview,therapist should conduct a one-on-one interrogation with the familyand adopted kids to understand them better. Elaboratecounseling interventions should be implemented to address thepsychological and social concerns. Further, this form of therapy willrequire a ‘personal approach’ to the matter since the familymembers have dissimilar values. In addressing the family structure,therapist may consider motivating the family to adapt values thatwill motivate the kids towards being entrenched into family setting(Metcalf, 2011).

Inconclusion, therapists need to compile the information that isrelated to health, psychological welfare, and social functioningwithin the said family. STF with the adopted kids should advocate fordiscussions that will create better and healthier familyrelationships that will enable these kids adapt to the new setting.


Goldenberg,I., &amp Goldenberg, H. (2013). Familytherapy: an overview.Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Metcalf,L. (2011). Marriageand family therapy : a practice-oriented approach.New York, NY: Springer Pub. Co.