Modern Experience of Systemic Response to Difficulties Among Children and Adults in Problem Families



The article provides some examples of research approaches while working with families in situations of serious risk to their psychological well-being and the adequate fulfillment of parenthood function. The aspects that should be taken into account when developing strategies for psychological support in relation to families with problems of addictiveness (dependence and co-dependence) are discussed here. The distinctive features of the development of the scientific school in this direction are shown — the consolidation of ideas and the obligatory presence of a scientific and evidence-based conceptual base. An idea is given about the level of targeted research developments of individual and systemic aspects of working with such families in domestic and foreign literature. Data on the structure and functioning of the latest team support strategies in the practice of several foreign psychological scientific schools are presented. The importance of forming the skill of teamwork in the course of direct work of specialists with the family is shown too.

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Keywords: problem family, psychological support, relevant aspects, support strategies and programs, command principle of work

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The study was carried out within the framework of the state task of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation No. 073-00110-22-02 dated 08.04.2022 “Analysis of socio-psychological, psychological and pedagogical technologies for supporting families in which parents have risks of addiction to surfactants or suffer from addictions, development and testing of comprehensive methodological materials for specialists of bodies and institutions of the system of prevention of neglect and juvenile delinquency”.

Acknowledgements. The authors are grateful for assistance in data collection G.V. Semya.

Received: 11.11.2022


For citation: Semya G.V., Bartsalkina V.V., Florova N.B. Modern Experience of Systemic Response to Difficulties Among Children and Adults in Problem Families [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sotsial’nye nauki i detstvo = Social Sciences and Childhood, 2022. Vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 24–39. DOI: 10.17759/ssc.2022030202. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Galina V. Semya, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor of the Department of Developmental Psychology named after Professor L.F. Obukhova" Faculty of Educational Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Professor of the Department of Psychological Anthropology of the Institute of Childhood of the Moscow Pedagogical State University., Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Victoria V. Bartsalkina, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor, Academic title Senior Researcher, Distant Learning, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Nina B. Florova, PhD in Biology, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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