Repairing the parent–child relationship for a Hong Kong Chinese family of an adult daughter with High Functioning Autism (HFA) through structural family therapy and multiple family therapy

Joyce L. C. MA, Chi-yan WONG, Lily L. L. XIA, Wing Ka Julia LO

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Abstract

Compared to typically developing people, adults with high functioning autism (HFA) are more likely to have been abused during childhood, which would inescapably affect the present relationship with their parent(s). This paper narrates the healing journey of a Hong Kong Chinese family of an adult daughter with HFA, depression and suicidality through two family-focused interventions, structural family therapy (SFT) and multiple family therapy (MFT). Identifying the history of child maltreatment sheds light on direction for treatment. Treatment principles of SFT and MFT adapted to meeting the needs of this clientele are highlighted. Issues of integrating these two approaches are discussed. Copyright © 2019 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-130
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Volume42
Issue number2
Early online date20 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Citation

Ma, J. L. C., Wong, C.‑Y., Xia, L. L. L., & Lo, J. W. K. (2020). Repairing the parent–child relationship for a Hong Kong Chinese family of an adult daughter with High Functioning Autism (HFA) through structural family therapy and multiple family therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 42(2), 121-130. doi: 10.1007/s10591-019-09529-2

Keywords

  • Chinese adults
  • High functioning autism (HFA)
  • Parent–child relationship
  • Structural family therapy
  • Multiple family therapy

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