William M. Pinsof, PhD, is Associate Director of the Center for Family Studies/Family Institute of Chicago, a division of the Institute of Psychiatry, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and an Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Medical School, Suite 1530, 666 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611
THE INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY ALLIANCE: FAMILY, COUPLE AND INDIVIDUAL THERAPY SCALES*
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Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 137–151, April 1986
How to Cite
Pinsof, W. M. and Catherall, D. R. (1986), THE INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY ALLIANCE: FAMILY, COUPLE AND INDIVIDUAL THERAPY SCALES. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 12: 137–151. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1986.tb01631.x
*The authors would like to thank Kenneth I. Howard, PhD, for his very helpful methodological consultation in the development of these instruments and David Gutterman for his help in analyzing the data. We would also like to thank the Nalco Foundation for their generous support of this research.
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The therapeutic alliance concept has been confined primarily to the literature on individual psychotherapy. This paper formally introduces the concept into the family and marital therapy domain and presents various clinical hypotheses about the nature of the alliance and its role in familyand marital therapy. A systemic perspective is brought to bear on the concept within individual psychotherapy. A new, integrative definition of the alliance is presented that conceptualizes individual, couple and family therapy as occurring within the same systemic framework. The implications of this integrative-alliance concept for family, couple and individual therapy research are examined. Three new system-ically oriented scales to measure the alliance in individual, couple and family therapy are presented along with some preliminary data on their methodological characteristics.