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. 37, No. 2, April

Action-Oriented Evaluation of an In-Home Family Therapy Program for Families at Risk for Foster Care Placement
The purpose of this study was to conduct an action-oriented evaluation of an in-home family therapy program serving families deemed at risk for the placement of children in foster care. In this study, feedback was solicited from both clients and therapists....
A Survey of Homework Use, Experience of Barriers to Homework, and Attitudes about the Barriers to Homework among Couples and Family Therapists
Homework is a therapeutic process that has strong theoretical and empirical basis, but existing research has focused on "compliance" rather than considering the broader and more clinically meaningful construct of "engagement." Absent in the literature...
Collaboration: Family and Therapist Perspectives of Helpful Therapy
This qualitative study examined how a group of families and their therapists described helpful therapy. The qualitative analysis generated family and therapist perspectives. As a double description, the therapist and family perspectives highlighted conversation,...
Creative Family Therapy Techniques: Play, Art, and Expressive Activities to Engage Children in Family Sessions
Lowenstein, L. (Ed.). (2010). Creative family therapy techniques: Play, art, and expressive activities to engage children in family sessions. Toronto, Canada: Champion Press, 313 pp., $35.00.I once met with a therapy intern who was pale with anxiety...
First-Session Competency: The Brief Strategic Therapy Scale-1
The first session in brief strategic therapy is the most critical phase of treatment. More than a mere "assessment phase," the first session in a true intervention sets the stage for all subsequent therapeutic maneuvers. This article presents a supervisory...
Improving the Well-Being of Couples Facing Cancer: A Review of Couples-Based Psychosocial Interventions
The purpose of this review article is to assess the available scientific evidence on the effects of couples-based psychosocial interventions for couples when one spouse faces cancer. For the present study, we conducted an extensive search of three electronic...
Relationship among Differentiation of Self, Relationship Satisfaction, Partner Support, and Depression in Patients with Chronic Lung Disease and Their Partners
The purpose of the present study is to test the relationships among differentiation of self, relationship satisfaction, perceived partner support, and depression in a sample of patients with chronic lung disease (CLD) and their partners. The sample consisted...
Survivors: What We Can Learn from How They Cope with Horrific Tragedy
Moffatt, G. K. (2010). Survivors: What we can learn from how they cope with horrific tragedy. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 221 pp., $44.95.This book is a refreshing and timely approach to treating trauma, in which the resiliency and internal strength...
The Effectiveness of Couple Therapy in Germany: A Replication Study
The utility of couple therapy has been investigated in a number of controlled clinical efficacy investigations, demonstrating the superiority of most forms of couple therapy relative to control groups. Despite its widespread use, the effectiveness of...
The Impact of Initial Factors on Therapeutic Alliance in Individual and Couples Therapy
The study uses 457 clients to investigate the impact of initial client factors on the development of therapeutic alliance. Data were collected longitudinally over the early portion of treatment. Cases included both individual and couple clients, allowing...
The Nature of Sexual Desire
Giles, J. (2008). The nature of sexual desire. New York: University Press of America, 188 pp., $31.95.This book attempts to provide an understanding of the nature of sexual desire. Giles takes an intercultural and interdisciplinary approach - drawing...
The Practice of Family Therapy: Key Elements across Models
Hanna, S. M. (2007). The practice of family therapy: Key elements across models. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, 368 pp., $87.35.The latest work by Suzanne Hanna adds a fresh and integrative approach to the challenging and often contradictory task of training...
Trainee Multicultural Case Conceptualization Ability and Couples Therapy
Previous literature on the assessment of multicultural counseling competence has been concerned only with counselors' abilities when working with individual clients. We expanded this line of research by investigating trainees' multicultural case conceptualization...
Understanding the Experience of Black Clients in Marriage and Family Therapy
Past research on Black clients' utilization of therapy focused on the barriers that prevent Black clients from attending therapy and the reasons for these barriers. However, few studies have been conducted that focus on how Black clients attending therapy...
Working with Aging Families: Therapeutic Solutions for Caregivers, Spouses, and Adult Children
Piercy, K. W. (2010). Working with aging families: Therapeutic solutions for caregivers, spouses, and adult children. New York: W. W. Norton, 276 pp., $27.95.As by 2030, the number of adults aged 65 years old and over is estimated to reach 71.5 million,...