Subject: Family Psychology and Intervention

Scientific Area:



56 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - To know the contexts underlying family p sychology, as well as, history and evolution of this thematic area of psychology.
2 - Identify an d integrate the theoretical frameworks underlying family psychology.
3 - Identify the main lifespan changes that occurs in family system.
4 - To characterize differente family intervention approaches.
5 - To characterize different family instruments of intervention and understanding.
6 - Understand the main challenges faced by families in the 20th century.


1 - Historical and conceptual fundaments of Family Psychology . Future directions in family psychology.
2 - Families in the 21st century: challenges and potentialities.
3 - Family development and dynamics: life cycle; structure and dynamics; family resilience.
4 - Contexts and modalities of family intervention.
5 - Instruments of understanding and family intervention.


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Alarcão, M. , 2000 , (Des)Equilíbrios familiares: Uma visão sistémica , Coimbra: Quarteto Editora
Barker, P., & Chang, J. , 2013 , Basic Family Therapy (6th ed.) , United Kingdom: Willey-Blackwell
Bray, J. H., & Stanton, M. (Eds.) , 2009 , The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Family Psychology , Unit ed Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Grusec, J. E. , 2011 , Socialization processes in the family: Social and emotional development ,
Elkaim, M. et. al. , 1995 , Las praticas de la terapia de red , Barcelona: Gedisa
Relvas, A. P., & Major, S. , 2014 , Avaliação familiar. Funcionamento e Intervenção (vol. I e II) , Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
Sluzi, C. , 2002 , La red social: Frontera de la practica sistémica , Barcelona: Gedisa

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Classes will include lectures (with resource to audiovisual media, e.g., powerpoints, videos), and practical activities (e.g., document analysis and discussion, case studies). It will be prioritized the active participation of students inside (through active participation to professor solicitations and practical exercises) and outside (through autonomous work) classes. The material to support the study will be available in Infoalunos or in the library. The curricular evaluation will follow the directrices proposed by Model B (cf. Regulamento de Avaliação da Aprendizagem dos Alunos da Universidade da Madeira), this is, at least one theoretical and theoretical-practical component (e.g., written test - accounting for 50% of the final grade) and at least one practical component (e.g., group/individual work or practical reports accounting for 50% of the final grade).