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MFS Evidence Based Practice

This guide provides information on the role of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in the Marriage and Family Sciences and provides peer-reviewed research related to each model.

Classical Models

Barkley, R. A., Guevremont, D. C., Anastopoulos, A., & Fletcher, K. F. (1992). A comparison of three family therapy programs for treating family conflicts in adolescents with ADHD. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 60, 450–462.

Henggeler, S. W., & Sheidow, A. J. (2012). Empirically supported family-based treatments for conduct disorder and delinquency in adolescents. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 30-58. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00244.x

Szapocznik, J., Rio, A., Murray, E., Cohen, R., Scopetta, M., & Rivas-Valquez, A., ... Kurtines, W. (1989). Structural family versus psychodynamic child therapy for problematic Hispanic boys. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 57, 571–578.

Weaver, A., Greeno, C., Marcus, S., Fusco, R., Zimmerman, T., & Anderson, C. (2013). Effects of structural family therapy on child and maternal mental health symptomatologyResearch on Social Work Practice, 23(3), 294-303.

Santisteban, D. A., Suarez-Morales, L., Robbins, M. S., & Szapocznik, J. (2006). Brief strategic family therapy: Lessons learned in efficacy research and challenges to blending research and practiceFamily Process45(2), 259–271.

Bartle-Haring, S., & Lal, A. (2010). Using Bowen theory to examine progress in couple therapyFamily Journal18(2), 106. doi:10.1177/1066480710364479

Farmer, C. & Geller, M. (2005). The integration of psychodrama with Bowen's theories in couples therapy. Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry, 58(2), 70-85.

Knauth, D. G. (2003). Family secrets: An illustrative clinical case study guided by Bowen family systems theory. Journal of Family Nursing9(3), 331-344. doi:10.1177/1074840703255451

Miller, R. B., Anderson, S., & Keala, D. K. (2004). Is Bowen theory valid? A review of basic researchJournal of Marital And Family Therapy30(4), 453-466.

Brubacher, L. (2006). Integrating emotion-focused therapy with the Satir modelJournal of Marital & Family Therapy32(2), 141-153.

Cag, P., & Acarb, N. V. (2015). A view of the symbolic-experiential family therapy of Carl Whitaker through movie analysisEducational Sciences: Theory & Practice15(3), 575-586. doi:10.12738/estp.2015.3.2477

Furrow, J. L., Edwards, S. A., Choi, Y., & Bradley, B. (2012). Therapist presence in emotionally focused couple therapy blamer softening events: promoting change through emotional experienceJournal of Marital And Family Therapy38 Suppl 139-49. doi:10.1111/j.1752-0606.2012.00293.x

Greenman, P. S., & Johnson, S. M. (2012). United we stand: emotionally focused therapy for couples in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal Of Clinical Psychology68(5), 561-569. doi:10.1002/jclp.21853

Wood, N., Crane, D., Schaalje, G., & Law, D. (2005). What works for whom: A meta-analytic review of marital and couples therapy in reference to marital distressAmerican Journal of Family Therapy33(4), 273-287. doi:10.1080/01926180590962147

Schwartz, R. C. (2013). Moving from acceptance toward transformation with Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)Journal of Clinical Psychology69(8), 805-816. doi:10.1002/jclp.22016

Friedman, M. (1989). Martin Buber and Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy: The role of dialogue in contextual therapy. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training26(3), 402-409. doi:10.1037/h0085452

Gangamma, R., Bartle-Haring, S., & Glebova, T. (2012). A study of contextual therapy theory's relational ethics in couples in therapyFamily Relations61(5), 825-835.

Mendelsohn, R. (2014). Five types of "couple object-relations" seen in couple therapy: implications for theory and practice. Psychoanalytic Review101(1), 95-128. doi:10.1521/prev.2014.101.1.95

Scharff, J. S., & Scharff, D. E. (1997). Object relations couple therapyAmerican Journal of Psychotherapy51(2), 141-173.

Dattilio, F. M., & Epstein, N. B. (2005). Introduction to the special section: The role of cognitive-behavioral interventions in couple and family therapyJournal of Marital & Family Therapy31(1), 7-13.

Postmodern Models

Campbell, J., Elder, J., Gallagher, D., Simon, J., & Taylor, A. (1999). Crafting the "tap on the shoulder:" A compliment template for solution-focused therapyAmerican Journal Of Family Therapy27(1), 35-47.

Gingerich, W., & Eisengart, S. (2000). Solution-focused brief therapy: a review of the outcome researchFamily Process,39(4), 477-498.

Zimmerman, T. S., Prest, L. A., & Wetzel, B. E. (1997). Solution-focused couples therapy groups: An empirical studyJournal of Family Therapy19(2), 125-144. doi:10.1111/1467-6427.00044

Davidson, T. (2014). STRENGTH: A system of integration of solution-oriented and strength-based principlesJournal Of Mental Health Counseling36(1), 1-17.

Kuehl, B. P. (1995). The solution-oriented genogram: a collaborative approachJournal Of Marital & Family Therapy21239-250.

Sargent, G., & Moss, B. (1986). Ericksonian approaches in family therapy and mediationMediation Quarterly, (14/15), 87-100.

Butler, S., Guterman, J. T., & Rudes, J. (2009). Using puppets with children in narrative therapy to externalize the problem. Journal Of Mental Health Counseling31(3), 225-233.

Wallis, J., Burns, J., & Capdevila, R. (2011). What is narrative therapy and what is it not? The usefulness of Q methodology to explore accounts of White and Epston's (1990) approach to narrative therapyClinical Psychology & Psychotherapy,18(6), 486-497.

Anderson, H. (2012). Collaborative practice: A way of being 'with'Psychotherapy & Politics International,10(2), 130. doi:10.1002/ppi.1261