Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

The Journal of Marital (and) Family Therapy is a peer-reviewed journal for professional therapists. Articles in this periodical cover clinical techniques, research and theory of marital and family therapy. Founded in 1975, it is a quarterly publication published by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.The Editor is Dr. Ronald J. Chenail and the Reviews Editor is Shelley Green.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, January

All Those in Favor of Saving the Planet, Please Raise Your Hand: A Comment about "Family" Therapy Saves the Planet
These are difficult times for the inhabitants of the territory of the behavioral sciences and even more so for those of us located in the province of family therapy. Our professional world is changing, and it is not necessarily going in the direction...
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Approaches to the Study of Gender in Marriage and Family Therapy Curricula
This study compares two accredited marriage and family therapy programs: One includes a separate course on gender, and the other integrates gender throughout the curriculum. Students from the two programs rated their own and their peers' experience of...
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Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage Sons
Boyd-Franklin, N., Franklin, A. J., & Toussaint, P (2000). Boys into men: Raising our African American teenage sons. New York: Penguin Putnam. 260 pp., $23.95. Boyd-Franklin, Franklin, and Toussaint provide a convincing argument to parents that educating...
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Clients' Views of Live Supervision and Satisfaction with Therapy
In this study we examined clients' perceptions of live supervision and their satisfaction with therapy in a university-based training clinic for marriage and family therapists. A total of 108 clients completed the Client Satisfaction Questionnaire-8...
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Couples Therapy for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Who Are in Addictions Recovery: A Comparative Case Study of Treatment Process and Outcome
Treatment for women who are survivors of child sexual abuse and who have a history of substance abuse has largely involved gender-specific interventions. This study examines the use of conjoint couple therapy with a cohort of women who were survivors...
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Developing Culturally Competent Marriage and Family Therapists: Guidelines for Working with Hispanic Families
As the Hispanic population of the United States continues to grow, so will the need for therapists who have been trained to work with Hispanic families. This content analysis of the available treatment literature generated several specific guidelines...
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Editorials
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT). During my term I have sought to provide leadership in bringing the best research, theory, and practice advances to our journal pages. Provocative...
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Editor's Annual Report
This will be my last annual report as Editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. My term ends on January 1, 2001, when Karen Wampler, Editor-Elect, takes the helm. Since July 1, 2000, Karen has been receiving new manuscript submissions and...
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Enhancing Family Therapy: The Addition of a Community Resource Specialist
INTRODUCTION This project was born of a desire to compound the effectiveness of family therapy by combining it with intensive intervention in the family's broader social context. In many blighted communities, severe social problems, such as poverty,...
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Family Therapy Saves the Planet: Messianic Tendencies in the Family Systems Literature
It is not unusual occasionally to hear individual family therapists describe their work as an effort to "save the world." The messianic notion that family therapy should be the world's salvation is not simply a fancy of individual clinicians, but is...
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Healing the World in Fifty-Minute Intervals: A Response to "Family Therapy Saves the Planet"
This is a very timely article in that it appears during an era when we, as a professional community, seem to be struggling with our own version of a crisis in meaning. As a profession, we are inundated with a host of self-reflective questions regarding...
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Incoming Editorial: Both-And
Before and since being named the next editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, I have been asked several times about my vision for the journal. My vision can best be characterized as "both-- and." The JMFT needs to be balanced, combining...
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Inside Family Therapy: A Case Study in Family Healing
Nichold, M. P. (1999). Inside family therapy: A case study in family healing. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. 242 pp. "I was just leaving my office at the medical center when the phone rang." So begins the tale of the Salazar family in Inside Family Therapy:...
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Mars and Venus: Unequal Planets
Self-help books, a pervasive and influential aspect of society, can have a beneficial or detrimental effect on the therapeutic process. This article describes a thematic analysis and feminist critique of the best-selling self-help book, Men are from...
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Methods of Feminist Family Therapy Supervision
Although feminist family therapy has been studied and practiced for more than 20 years, writing about feminist supervision in family therapy has been limited. Three supervision methods emerged from a qualitative study of the experiences of feminist family...
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Reaching out in Family Therapy: Home-Based, School, and Community Interventions
Boyd-Franklin, N., & Bry, B. (2000). Reaching out in family therapy: Home-based, school, and community interventions. New York: Guilford, 244 pp., $30.00. Boyd-Franklin and Bry address issues that frequently confound beginning practitioners who focus...
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Reconstituting Racial Histories and Identities: The Narratives of Interracial Couples
This study explores the process by which interracial spouses construct narratives about their racial histories, identities, and experiences in their relationship together. Ten black-white couples were interviewed individually and conjointly. The results...
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Response to "Family Therapy Saves the Planet"
The author begins his critique of family theory by quoting two speakers from last year's American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) meeting who questioned the role of our field in healing racial divisions and conflicts in our country....
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Saving the Planet-Or Ourselves?
One is always grateful to be read, and any response to commentaries should begin with thanks for the interest of the people who have made them. Yet it is also important to note where, for whatever reasons, one thinks one's readers may have gone astray,...
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Something to Tell You
Herdt, G., & Koff, B. (2000). Something to tell you. New York: Columbia University Press, 120 pp. Of all the misguided opinions ever accepted as fact by the field of psychotherapy, the assertion that homosexuality is a mental disorder caused by bad...
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Teaching Family Therapists about Sexual Attraction in Therapy
Sexual attraction between clients and therapists has received little research attention in marriage and family therapy (MFT) literature (Nickell, Hecker, Ray, & Bercik, 1995). Further, most clinicians receive very little exposure to issues of sexual...
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The Feminist/emotionally Focused Therapy Practice Model: An Integrated Approach for Couple Therapy
Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is a well-developed, empirically tested practice model for couple therapy that integrates systems, experiential, and attachment theories. Feminist family therapy theory has provided a critique of biased assumptions about...
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The Relationship Code: Deciphering Genetic and Social Influences on Adolescent Development
Reiss, D., Neiderhiser, J. M., Hetherington, E. M., & Plomin, R. (2000). The relationship code: Deciphering genetic and social influences on adolescent development. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 532 pp., $55.00. This is a remarkable book....
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