This is a resource for families seeking evidence for the effectiveness of family therapy, systemic therapists continuing to develop their practice, researchers and service providers and policy makers.
Our aim is to make systemic research visible and easily accessible. Research has shown that systemic family and couple therapy is as effective—and in many cases more effective—than alternative interventions.
We host a database of family therapy and systemic research, which is updated regularly. Here you will find research on the outcomes and effectiveness of systemic therapy, and qualitative research studies investigating how change happens in therapy.
Research studies which provide evidence for the effectiveness of systemic and family therapy, and systematic reviews, meta-analyses and meta-syntheses.
These studies research therapeutic change processes and can be considered to produce ‘practice-based evidence’.
Resources listed by topic.
Studies are categorised according to the research methodology used. We include references on research paradigms, and on researcher reflexivity.
Studies here have been categorised according to the type of therapeutic approach and consultation that is being researched.
Doctoral systemic and family therapy research carried out on the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock.
Titles and links to systemic doctorate and Phd theses carried out at other institutes and universities.
Titles and abstracts of systemic masters research dissertations from UK family therapy training institutes that were awarded distinctions or merits and from non-UK family therapy training institutes.
The following journals regularly publish systemic and family therapy, narrative therapy and constructionist therapy research regularly.
Family therapy outcome measure SCORE-15 app
SCORE-15 is a self-report measure of family functioning proven to be a reliable and valid index of therapeutic change. FTSRC have developed a SCORE-15 app to enable SCORE data to become part of the therapy process for families and therapists.
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If you are carrying out research which requires you to ‘manualise’ the therapeutic practice you are developing, systemic competencies and manuals referenced here may be useful to draw on. A freely accessible family / relational outcome measure is also listed here. SCORE-15 index of family functioning and change SCORE is a self-report outcome measure designed…
People Research centres relating to family & systemic thinking
2nd EFTA Research Café. Experience mapping / emotional mapping in systemic qualitative research, December 7, 2023. 18:00-19:30 (CET)
IFTA 2024 World Family Therapy Congress. April 8-13. 2024.
Conference of Narrative Therapy and Community Work in Liverpool, July 4th & 5th 2024.
AFT Annual Conference. Bristol. September 19 & 20, 2024.