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ERIC Number: EJ944532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0194-472X
Contextual Assessment of Couples Therapy: The Clinical Discourse Q-Sets
Kogan, Steven M.; Walters, Lynda H.; Daniels, Tracey
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v28 n4 p409-422 Oct 2002
This article describes a method for creating highly contextual assessments of couples therapy interaction using concepts from Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). According to SFL, talk in interaction serves three primary functions: to mediate social relations, to negotiate representations of reality, and to organize and structure the event as coherent. These concepts are operationalized using observational q-methodology. The Clinical Discourse Q-Sets (CDQS) include three separate q-sets for use by trained observers in rating 12-min segments of couples therapy conversation. Each q-set captures one aspect of the communication process as defined by Systemic Functional theory. Good-to-high reliabilities for the q-set profiles over various (n = 16) couples therapy episodes were found. Preliminary evidence for the conceptual structure and clinical validity of the system was found.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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