Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Meta-analysis in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Nathan D. Wood
  • Jacob D. Christenson
  • David D. Law
  • D. Russell CraneEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_408

Name of Concept

Meta-Analysis in Couple and Family Therapy


Given the current circumstances in which couple/marriage and family therapists (C/MFT) practice, there has long been a push to establish the effectiveness of C/MFT’s treatment with individuals, couples, and families. Evidence of effectiveness can translate into reimbursement for services and continued recognition as a vital, and distinct, profession.

Theoretical Context for Concept

One of the core paradigms related to effectiveness, and subsequently meta-analysis, is what has been termed evidence-based practice (EBP). EBP is based on a set of assumptions that guide clinical decision making. The first assumption is that clinical decisions should be based on all of the best evidence available, as opposed to selecting one or two studies that support a specific or preferred approach (Sriganesh et al. 2016). Systematic reviews are often used to meet the demands of this first assumption. In a systematic review, all...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathan D. Wood
    • 1
  • Jacob D. Christenson
    • 2
  • David D. Law
    • 3
  • D. Russell Crane
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Mount Mercy UniversityCedar RapidsUSA
  3. 3.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA
  4. 4.Brigham Young University (Emeritus)ProvoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA