Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 207–228 | Cite as

Fostering Client Creativity in Family Therapy: A Process Research Study

  • Margaret L. Morgan
  • Karen S. Wampler


Creativity has been shown to enhance problem solving, and to increase flexibility and adaptability—qualities associated with positive therapeutic outcomes. Literature related to therapist and/or client creativity is primarily anecdotal. Empirical literature addressing how therapists can facilitate the creativity of their clients in family therapy is scarce. In this study, the researchers used process methodology to code the behavior of therapists and clients in 31 videotaped family therapy sessions. Results show a significant positive correlation between interventions that induce positive affect and the creative client behaviors of optimism and playfulness.

family therapy creativity process research marriage and family therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret L. Morgan
    • 1
  • Karen S. Wampler
    • 1
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy, Department of Human Development and Family StudiesTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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