The gap between couple therapy research efficacy and practice effectiveness

Halford, W. Kim, Pepping, Christopher A. and Petch, Jemima (2015) The gap between couple therapy research efficacy and practice effectiveness. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42 1: 32-44. doi:10.1111/jmft.12120

Author Halford, W. Kim
Pepping, Christopher A.
Petch, Jemima
Title The gap between couple therapy research efficacy and practice effectiveness
Journal name Journal of Marital and Family Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1752-0606
Publication date 2015-03-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jmft.12120
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 42
Issue 1
Start page 32
End page 44
Total pages 14
Place of publication Malden, MA United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials of couple therapy find large improvements in couple adjustment, but published evaluations of the effectiveness of couple therapy in routine practice find only small-to-moderate effects. The current study analyzes possible explanations for the research-efficacy to practice-effectiveness gap and offers suggestions for enhancing couple therapy effectiveness. Major recommendations are that therapists should clarify whether couples’ therapy goal is to clarify commitment to the relationship or to improve the relationship; use standardized assessment of the individual partners and the relationship; and use systematic monitoring of therapy progress and the therapeutic alliance. It is also possible that the greater use of evidence-based therapies when treating couple relationship distress could enhance couple therapy outcome.
Keyword Couple therapy
Couple adjustment
Research studies
Effectiveness studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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