Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Effectiveness Research in Marriage and Family Therapy

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Effectiveness Research in Marriage and Family Therapy

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Sprenkle, D. H. (Ed.). (2002). Effectiveness research in marriage and family therapy. Alexandria, VA: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 370 pp.

Reflecting its commitment to advancing the science of marriage and family therapy, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) sponsored a series of annual research conferences culminating in one in which preeminent researchers were brought together to report on the results of effectiveness research for couple and family interventions. Interventions were chosen that had a substantial body of literature supporting the use of couple and family interventions and that could rightfully be considered empirically supported treatments. The conclusions drawn from these reports suggested that there exist empirically supported couple and family treatments for a wide variety of problem areas, including severe mental illness, alcohol and substance abuse, problems seen in children and adolescence, relationship dysfunction, and chronic physical illness. In order to more broadly disseminate this information, the AAMFT published manuscripts, written by the presenters, summarizing what is known about the effectiveness of couple and family treatments in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and in this edited text. As such, the book is a comprehensive summary of the most scientifically sound outcome research supporting the use of couple and family interventions. …

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