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. 3, July

Children and Psychotropic Medication: A Cautionary Note
This report addresses how the mental health field is organized in terms of the use of psychotropic medications with children and adolescents, and the ethical challenge this presents to marriage and family therapists.This article calls attention to the...
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Couples and Families: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians
Dattilio, F. (2009). Cognitive-behavioral therapy with couples and families: A comprehensive guide for clinicians. New York: Guilford Press, 282 pp., $32.10.CBT has been ignored or misportrayed by some family therapists because of its reductionist approach...
Common Factors in Couple and Family Therapy: The Overlooked Foundation for Effective Practice
Sprenkle, D. H., Davis, S. D., & Lebow, J. L. (2009). Common factors in couple and family therapy: The overlooked foundation for effective practice. New York: Guilford, 226 pp., $32.00.Although a common factors perspective on change in psychotherapy...
Does Family Matter to HIV-Positive Men Who Have Sex with Men?
Most studies have indicated that friends or families of choice provide more support to HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) than members of the family of origin. The creation of families of choice by MSM has been viewed as a means of creating...
Individual versus Family Psychotherapy in Managed Care: Comparing the Costs of Treatment by the Mental Health Professions
In an effort to understand how psychotherapy is practiced in the "real world," outpatient claims data were examined to determine the cost of individual and family therapy provided by marital and family therapists, master's nurses, master's social workers,...
MFT Researcher Interviews: Available at Http://www.YouTube.Com; Search Term "MinnMFT"
Harris, S. M. (2011). MFT Researcher Interviews: Available at http://www.YouTube.com; search term "MinnMFT"; University of Minnesota.During a national meeting of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) researchers in 2009, University of Minnesota's program...
Paul Watzlawick: Insight May Cause Blindness and Other Essays
Ray, W. A., & Nardone, G. (Eds.) (2009) Paul Watzlawick: Insight may cause blindness and other essays. Phoenix, AZ: Zeig, Tucker & Thiesen, 334 pp., $32.50.When Paul Watzlawick, PhD, passed away on March 31, 2007, a void of brilliance and creativity...
Psychotherapy Dropouts: Differences by Modality, License, and Dsm-IV Diagnosis
Dropouts are frequent in mental health care. Several client factors have been identified as dropout predictors, including ethnic minority status, race, low SES, and more severe symptoms. Research on therapist and process variables is less common, and...
Spouses in Mixed-Orientation Marriage: A 20-Year Review of Empirical Studies
Empirical studies on mixed-orientation marriage in social science journals from 1988 to 2008 were reviewed. Fifteen articles published in eight peer-reviewed journals were identified and discussed in terms of sampling, design, measures, rigor, theoretical...
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
Frost, R. O., & Steketee, G. (2010). Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 290 pp., $27.00.Recent media has sensationalized compulsive hoarding behavior, and unfortunately for clinicians, to date,...
The Core Competencies and Mft Education: Practical Aspects of Transitioning to a Learning-Centered, Outcome-Based Pedagogy
The MFT core competencies and latest COAMFTE accreditation standards usher in a new paradigm for MFT education. This transition necessitates not only measuring student mastery of competencies but also, more importantly, adopting a contemporary pedagogical...
Trauma and Couples: Mechanisms in Dyadic Functioning
Research traditionally has focused on the development of symptoms in those who experienced trauma directly but overlooked the impact of trauma on the families of victims. In recent years, researchers and clinicians have begun to examine how individual...
Universal Screening for Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is known to be prevalent among therapy-seeking populations. Yet, despite a growing understanding of the dynamics of IPV and of the acceptability of screening, universal screening practices have not been systematically...