Handbook of family therapy

Thomas L. Sexton, Jay Lebow

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11 Scopus citations


Integrative, research-based, multisystemic: these words reflect not only the state of family therapy, but the nature of this comprehensive handbook as well. The contributors, all well-recognized names who have contributed extensively to the field, accept and embrace the tensions that emerge when integrating theoretical perspectives and science in clinical settings to document the current evolution of couples and family therapy, practice, and research. Each individual chapter contribution is organized around a central theme: that the integration of theory, clinical wisdom, and practical and meaningful research produce the best understanding of couple and family relationships, and the best treatment options. The handbook contains five parts: • Part I describes the history of the field and its current core theoretical constructs • Part II analyzes the theories that form the foundation of couple and family therapy, chosen because they best represent the broad range of schools of practice in the field • Part III provides the best examples of approaches that illustrate how clinical models can be theoretically integrative, evidence-based, and clinically responsive • Part IV summarizes evidence and provides useful findings relevant for research and practice • Part V looks at the application of couple and family interventions that are based on emerging clinical needs, such as divorce and working in medical settings. Handbook of Family Therapy illuminates the threads that are common to family therapies and gives voice to the range of perspectives that are possible. Practitioners, researchers, and students need to have this handbook on their shelves, both to help look back on our past and to usher in the next evolution in family therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages560
ISBN (Electronic)9781136340123
ISBN (Print)9780415518017
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Behavioral couples therapy
  • Couple therapy
  • Distressed couples
  • Family functioning
  • Family interactions
  • Family members
  • Family process
  • Family resilience
  • Family system
  • Family therapist
  • Family therapy
  • Functional family therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Integrative behavioral couple therapy
  • Multidimensional family therapy
  • Relationship distress
  • Relationship satisfaction
  • Strategic family therapy view less
  • Structural family therapy
  • Therapeutic alliance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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