A Conceptual Framework and Methodological Criteria for Family Therapy Process Research

William M. Pinsof*

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Abstract

This article presents a conceptual framework for family therapy process research that integrates a new process perspective with family systems theory. Consistent with a systemic epistemology, the framework focuses on the circular interaction, over time, between and within the therapist and family systems and their subsystems. Attacking the process-outcome distinction, the framework targets key variables and patterns in change processes that occur within and outside of sessions. The empirical implications of each framework component are explored. The article concludes with three methodological criteria for developing and evaluating certain research instruments to be used in process studies within the new conceptual framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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