Evaluating the Effectiveness of Family Therapies: An Integrative Review and Analysis

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

A number of previous reviews of studies evaluating the effectiveness of family therapy have varied in their conclusions. This review is the first attempt at an integrated statistical analysis of family therapy effectiveness research. Family therapy was found to have positive effects compared with both no-treatment and alternative treatment controls, as measured by family interactions and behavior ratings. Follow-up data demonstrated that family therapy continued to show positive effects over time, but the effects were diminished and more variable than at posttreatment assessment. Future research should concentrate on comparative outcome studies with specific populations and with both legitimate alternative treatments and placebo controls. In addition, researchers need to describe in greater detail the family therapy procedures that are used. Outcome measures should represent multiple vantage points and should include measures of family interactions, preferably using both self-report and observational methods. © 1987 American Psychological Association.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hazelrigg, MD; Cooper, HM; Borduin, CM

Published Date

  • January 1, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 101 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 428 - 442

PubMed ID

  • 3602249

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-2909

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0033-2909.101.3.428

Citation Source

  • Scopus