THE EFFICACY OF MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPY: AN EMPIRICAL OVERVIEW, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

William M Pinsof*, Lyman C. Wynne

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Abstract

Based primarily on the contributions to this Special Issue of JMFT, this article provides an overview of the empirical research on the efficacy of marital and family therapy for the following disorders and problems: schizophrenia; affective (mood) disorders; slected externalizing, internalizing, and pervasive developmental disorders of childhood; adolescent conduct disorder; marital distress and the prevention of divorce; alcoholism; adult and adolescent drug abuse; and various chronic adult, adolescent, and childhood physical disorders. Convincing scientific evidence supports the efficacy of broadly defined marital and family therapy for the treatment of many disorders, as well as its superiority to standard and individual treatments for certain disorders and populations. We conclude with recommendations for future research as well as for collaborative initiatives between marital/family therapists and other professionals working in the marriage and family field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-613
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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