BEYOND COMMON FACTORS: MULTILEVEL-PROCESS MODELS OF THERAPEUTIC CHANGE IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

A number of scholars have proposed the common factors perspective as the future direction of marriage and family therapy (MFT). Although intuitively appealing, the case for the common factors perspective is not as clear-cut as proponents portray. In its current form, the common factors perspective o...

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Published in:Journal of marital and family therapy, Vol. 30, No. 2 (2004), p. 0
Main Author: Sexton, Thomas L. (Author)
Other Involved Persons: Ridley, Charles R. ; Kleiner, Amy J.
Format: electronic Article
Published: Oxford, UK : Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2004
ISSN:1752-0606
Physical Description:Online-Ressource
DOI:10.1111/j.1752-0606.2004.tb01229.x
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  • A number of scholars have proposed the common factors perspective as the future direction of marriage and family therapy (MFT). Although intuitively appealing, the case for the common factors perspective is not as clear-cut as proponents portray. In its current form, the common factors perspective overlooks the multilevel nature of practice, the diversity of clients and settings, and the complexity of therapeutic change. In contrast, comprehensive process-based change models are analternative to the limitations of common factors. In this article, we consider the limitations of the common factors perspective and propose the necessary and sufficient components and processes that might comprise comprehensive, multilevel, process-based therapeutic change models in MFT.