17. Research in Family Therapy

  1. Philip Barker MB, BS, FRCPsych, FRCP(C), DPM, DCH1 and
  2. Jeff Chang Ph.D., R.Psych.2

Published Online: 12 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118624944.ch17

Basic Family Therapy, Sixth Edition

Basic Family Therapy, Sixth Edition

How to Cite

Barker, P. and Chang, J. (2013) Research in Family Therapy, in Basic Family Therapy, Sixth Edition, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118624944.ch17

Author Information

  1. 1

    Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Calgary

  2. 2

    Associate Professor, Athabasca University, Director, The Family Psychology Centre

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 2 JUL 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119945055

Online ISBN: 9781118624944



  • cost-effective;
  • family therapy research;
  • research—practice gap


Family therapy training prepares practitioners to become consumers of research so that research informs their practice. This chapter deals with several questions, the answers to which may help close the chasm between research and practice and make research more relevant to novice family therapists. The chapter begins by describing the research—practice gap. It describes three approaches to research that can assist us to understand what contributes to the effectiveness of family therapy. Research is needed by family therapists as it documents that our practice is not only effective, but cost-effective, and provides significant guidance about how to improve it. Family therapy educators and managers can integrate research into practice settings.