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Individual marital therapy: a critical reappraisal.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3956708     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The belief that individual marital therapy (IMT) is an ineffective form of treatment for marriage problems and markedly inferior to the conjoint approaches has become almost an article of faith in family therapy circles. This position was originally advanced in the influential reviews of the research literature conducted by Gurman and Kniskern, and their conclusions have been cited in numerous other articles. This paper re-reviews the research studies purportedly supporting this conclusion and finds almost all of them to be invalidated by gross flaws in design and implementation. It is argued that from the highly inadequate evidence available, no conclusions can be reached concerning either the absolute or relative effectiveness of IMT.
R A Wells; V J Giannetti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Family process     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0014-7370     ISO Abbreviation:  Fam Process     Publication Date:  1986 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-05-22     Completed Date:  1986-05-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400666     Medline TA:  Fam Process     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Interpersonal Relations
Marital Therapy / methods*
Professional-Patient Relations

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