Research references

We include research which is directly relevant and useful to family therapy and systemic practice, and to the families, individuals and communities with whom we work.

We have curated research papers, dividing references into the following categories, with some references included in more than one category.

Evidence and outcome studies

We have listed research studies which provide evidence for the effectiveness of systemic and family therapy. These should be useful for families,...

Process research

These studies research therapeutic change processes, addressing questions of 'how therapy works', and can be considered to produce 'practice-based...


Research has been categorised under the following topics listed alphabetically

Research methodologies

Here research studies are categorised according to the methodology used. These can be helpful to see what kind of analysis different methodologies...

Type of therapeutic approach

Studies here have been categorised according to the type of therapeutic approach and consultation that is being researched.

Tavistock Systemic Doctoral Research Theses.

Doctoral systemic and family therapy research carried out on the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock. Many full texts...

Other Systemic Doctorate and PhD Research Theses

Titles and links to Systemic Doctorate and Phd Theses carried out at other Institutes and Universities

Masters research dissertations

Titles and abstracts of systemic masters research dissertations from UK family therapy training institutes that were awarded distinctions or merits...

This list of references is by no means exhaustive. Family therapy and systemic research is continuously being undertaken. We try to update these pages regularly and circulate details of recent publications via our distribution list. 

The journals found on the right side publish systemic therapy, family therapy, narrative therapy and constructionist therapy research regularly.

Other systemic centres and researchers

The following links may be useful to you

Research tools

If you are carrying out research which requires you to 'manualise' the therapeutic practice you are developing, systemic competencies and manuals...