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ERIC Number: EJ783115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
A Step toward Disentangling the Alliance/Improvement Cycle in Family Therapy
Friedlander, Myrna L.; Lambert, Jessica E.; de la Pena, Cristina Muniz
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v55 n1 p118-124 Jan 2008
The authors focused on 2 unique aspects of the alliance in conjoint therapy: feeling safe in the therapeutic context with other family members and the family's shared sense of purpose about treatment (i.e., productive within-family collaboration). Low-income, multiproblem families were seen in a community clinic by therapists with varying theoretical orientations and a wide range of experience. Alliance-related behavior was assessed using the System for Observing Family Therapy Alliances (M. L. Friedlander, V. Escudero, & L. Heatherington, 2006). The significant mediated model showed that parent safety contributed to productive family collaboration in the 1st session, which, in turn, predicted global improvement rated after Session 3. Given the heterogeneous sample of clients, therapists, and therapy approaches, findings support the ecological validity of the alliance in family therapy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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