Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 485–487 | Cite as

Family therapy research: Comment on “research as a family therapy intervention technique”

  • Charles R. Figley


Wright's emphasis on and illustration of the use of family therapy research as a unique intervention technique for therapy is an important contribution to the practice literature. Equally important, however, is the isomorphic shift in focus of the family therapy researcher. Rather than focusing only on process or outcome research, family therapists should become more interested in their clients as research subjects. Though rarely discussed in the family therapy literature, the competencies of family therapists as researchers and the utility of research in a family therapy context is critical to being a well-rounded professional. Examples are provided of how this emphasis is being introduced in a PhD family therapy program.


Health Psychology Outcome Research Research Subject Social Issue Family Therapy 
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  1. McNamee, S. (1988). Accepting research as social intervention: Implications of a systemic epistemology.Communications Quarterly, 36, 50–68.Google Scholar
  2. Wright, L. M. (1990). Research as a family therapy intervention technique.Contemporary Family Therapy, 12, 477–484.Google Scholar

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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles R. Figley
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  1. 1.Florida State UniversityTallahassee

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