Title

Evaluating the effectiveness of marital therapies: A meta-analytic investigation

Date of Award

1990

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

Counseling Psychology

First Committee Member

Bruce D. Forman, Committee Chair

Abstract

The present study investigated the effectiveness of marital therapies utilizing a meta-analytic format. Twenty-five studies of marital therapy outcome employing random assignment and no-treatment/waiting-list control groups were included in the analysis. Effect sizes were computed based on self-report relationship change focus outcome measures. Four classifications of approach to marital therapy including contracting with communication training, communication training, contracting, and insight-oriented were compared. No significant differences between approaches were detected posttherapy or at follow-up. The overall weighted mean effect size found for marital therapy was.85 and.73 at follow-up.

Keywords

Psychology, Social; Psychology, Clinical

Link to Full Text

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