Milan systemic family therapy: a review of 10 empirical investigations

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Title: Milan systemic family therapy: a review of 10 empirical investigations
Authors: Carr, Alan
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Date: 1991
Abstract: Ten empirical investigations of Milan Family Therapy (MFT) are reviewed in this paper. The studies include both single and comparative group outcome trials; investigations of therapeutic process; clinical audit and consumer satisfaction surveys. Substantive findings and methodological issues are discussed in the light of family therapy and individual psychotherapy research generally. Findings indicate that MFT may lead to symptomatic change in two-thirds to three-quarters of cases and to systemic change in half the treated cases. Engagement of fathers may be important for positive outcome. Technical aspects of MFT, such as the use of screens and teams, may lead to client dissatisfaction in some cases. MFT-based consultation may be effective in resolving therapeutic impasses. Coupled with short-term residential placement, MFT may reduce the risk and complexity of cases as rated by referring social workers.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright (published version): 1991 Wiley-Blackwell
Keywords: Family therapyLiterature review
DOI: 10.1046/j..1991.00425.x
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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