Family systems practice in pediatric psychology

Anne E. Kazak, Steven Simms, Mary T. Rourke

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Objective: To present a pediatric psychology consultation treatment framework based on family systems and developmental theories. Methods: After reviewing background relevant to family systems interventions, a five-step protocol (referral, assessment, collaboration, outcome) for consultation is presented, using case examples from our pediatric oncology service, to illustrate joining, focusing, promoting competence and collaboration with patients, families, and staff. Results: Using protocols based on family systems frameworks, pediatric psychologists can offer systems-oriented consultation to patients, families, and healthcare teams. Conclusions: Further development and evaluation of family systems protocols are necessary to understand the efficacy of these approaches and their role in training and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-143
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Consultation
  • Families
  • Pediatric oncology
  • Pediatric psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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