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Psychotherapy (Chic). 2008 Jun;45(2):268-72. doi: 10.1037/0033-3204.45.2.268.

Knowledge of family history as a clinically useful index of psychological well-being and prognosis: A brief report.

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Department of Psychology, Emory University.

Abstract

Based on an instance of "clinical lore" we assess the efficacy of children's and adolescents' knowledge of family history as an index of psychological well-being and potential for positive change in clinical and educational settings. We report that knowledge of family history is significantly correlated with internal locus of control, higher self-esteem, better family functioning, greater family cohesiveness, lower levels of anxiety, and lower incidence of behavior problems. We suggest that through the use of a brief measure of family knowledge, practicing clinicians can rapidly generate a data-based correlate of children's well-being and likelihood of overcoming psychological and educational challenges. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

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22122420
DOI:
10.1037/0033-3204.45.2.268

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