Functional analysis as a decision-making strategy in child psychotherapy

Cynthia Borges de Moura Renata Grossi Patrícia Hirata About the authors

The aim of this study is to systematize the data resulting from carrying out a child psychotherapy process in accordance with the descriptive functional analysis proposed by Sturmey, 1996. This work presents the case description, the assessment, the functional analyses of each phase of the procedure, the objectives and the treatment strategies, selected on the basis of the analyses conducted, and also the results obtained. Based on the systematization presented, the contribution of the descriptive functional analysis to the child psychotherapy decision-making process is discussed. Describing the therapists' actions of decision-making and the consequences for the management of the process on the child, seem to contribute significantly to the practice of child behavioral therapy. The reason for this seems to be the explanation of the theoretical basis of the therapist's actions.

Functional analysis; Child psychology; Child psychodrama


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