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PINHEIRO-CAROZZO, Nádia P.; SILVA, Isabela M. da; MURTA, Sheila G.  and  GATO, Jorge. Family-based interventions to prevent risky behaviors in adolescence: possibilities from the Family Systems Theory. Pensando fam. [online]. 2020, vol.24, n.1, pp. 207-223. ISSN 1679-494X.

This narrative review aims to discuss how Systemic Family Theory (STF) can contribute to prevent involvement in risky behavior in adolescence. The proposal presented here is based on the promotion of factors such as limits and affection, welcoming the feelings and needs of family members; the establishment of clear boundaries that allow the development of autonomy and belonging; and the presence of effective family communication and pro-social family values. For this, different techniques can be used, such as restructuring, genogram, narrative techniques, timeline, metaphors and family sculpture. This study pointed out the feasibility of using STF as a theory that underlies the development of preventive family interventions and offers tools for family members and professionals. Future studies should examine mechanisms of change in family preventive interventions and the empirical assessment of the use of the techniques presented.

Keywords : Risky behavior; Preventive family-based interventions; Systemic Family Theory.

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