Research references

We include research which is directly relevant and useful to families and communities, and to systemic clinicians and researchers. We have curated research papers under the following categories, with some references included in more than one category. We update these pages regularly and circulate details of recent publications via our distribution list.

Evidence and outcome studies

We have listed research studies which provide evidence for the effectiveness of systemic and family therapy, and systematic reviews, meta-analyses...

Process research

These studies research therapeutic change processes and can be considered to produce 'practice-based evidence'. They include methods which analyse...


Topics are listed alphabetically

Research methodologies

Studies are categorised according to the research methodology used. We include references on research paradigms, and on researcher reflexivity.

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...

The following journals regularly publish systemic and family therapy, narrative therapy and constructionist therapy research regularly.

Australia and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy

Contemporary Family Therapy

Family Process

Human Systems

International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practice

Journal of Family Therapy

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Journal of Systemic Therapies

Murmuration: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Other systemic centres and researchers

The following links may be useful to you

Research tools

Family and couple measures, a systemic competence framework and several manuals including an evolving manual based on continual feedback are included.