Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Quantitative Research in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Elizabeth Oshrin ParkerEmail author
  • Jennifer Chang
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_410

Name of Concept

Quantitative Research in Couple and Family Therapy


Actor partner interdependence modeling (APIM); Effectiveness studies; Efficacy studies; Growth curve modeling; Linear regression; Meta-analyses; Outcome studies; Process research; RCTs


The relationship between the profession and research of couple and family therapy has evolved over time. At its inception in the 1950s, couple and family therapy was considered a bold new tradition that pressed or broke many of the contemporary ideas of effective psychotherapy. Conceptualizing individual pathology through a systematic lens and including multiple people in the therapy room were revolutionary concepts that pushed the field of psychotherapy in new and exciting directions. As the field progressed, the study of couple and family therapy theories and interventions also advanced.

Theoretical Context for Concept

Research Trends. The field of couple and family therapy is considered to have five main research...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of IowaIowa CityUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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