Dropping Out of Marriage and Family Therapy: A Critical Review of Research

RICHARD J. BISCHOFF, DOUGLAS H. SPRENKLE

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Abstract

The lack of attention given to research on the premature termination by clients in marriage and family therapy is evident in research reviews of the dropout phenomenon in psychotherapy. This article is an attempt to fill that void. The research literature on dropping out of family therapy is reviewed and organized. Studies in this area tend to focus on four kinds of variables: client characteristics, therapist characteristics, therapy process variables, and interventions. Stable findings in each of these areas are pointed out. Both limitations and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-375
Number of pages23
JournalFamily Process
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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