Marital Therapy: Emerging Trends in Research and Practice
Version of Record online: 16 AUG 2004
Volume 12, Issue 1, pages 45–54, March 1973
How to Cite
GURMAN, A. S. (1973), Marital Therapy: Emerging Trends in Research and Practice. Family Process, 12: 45–54. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.1973.00045.x
- Issue online: 16 AUG 2004
- Version of Record online: 16 AUG 2004
The marital therapy literature through August, 1972, was content-analyzed to examine trends in the research and clinical practice of marital therapists. Analyses of a 415-item Marital Therapy Bibliography revealed that: (a) The literature experienced the beginning of its major growth spurt after 1960, with about half of the marital therapy publications appearing since 1967; (b) Journals contributing the most to the development of marital therapy form a heterogeneous mixture of professional disciplines, with multidisciplinary journals demonstrating the greatest impact; (c) The nature of much of marital therapy research and practice is rapidly changing, with a growing interest in empirical and methodological issues. Implications of these emerging trends in research and practice are discussed in terms of the future of marital therapy.