Testing the effectiveness of family therapeutic assessment: A case study using a time-series design

Justin D. Smith, Nicole J. Wolf, Leonard Handler, Michael R. Nash

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We describe a family Therapeutic Assessment (TA) case study employing 2 assessors, 2 assessment rooms, and a video link. In the study, we employed a daily measures time-series design with a pretreatment baseline and follow-up period to examine the family TA treatment model. In addition to being an illustrative addition to a number of clinical reports suggesting the efficacy of family TA, this study is the first to apply a case-based time-series design to test whether family TA leads to clinical improvement and also illustrates when that improvement occurs. Results support the trajectory of change proposed by Finn (2007), the TA model's creator, who posits that benefits continue beyond the formal treatment itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-536
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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