Jerome F. Adams, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Family Therapy, Department of Human Development, Counseling, and Family Studies, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881.
EFFECTS OF SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY'S “FORMULA FIRST SESSION TASK” ON COMPLIANCE AND OUTCOME IN FAMILY THERAPY
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 17, Issue 3, pages 277–290, July 1991
How to Cite
Adams, J. F., Piercy, F. P. and Jurich, J. A. (1991), EFFECTS OF SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY'S “FORMULA FIRST SESSION TASK” ON COMPLIANCE AND OUTCOME IN FAMILY THERAPY. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 17: 277–290. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1991.tb00895.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
This study investigated the immediate impact of a “solution focused” family therapy intervention on both the family and the therapist. Specifically, the study examined the differential effects of the formula first session task (FFST) recommended by de Shazer (1982, 1985), as well as the FFST plus solution focused therapy, as compared to a standard problem focused structural-strategic intervention. After one week, the groups receiving the FFST were significantly higher on measures of family compliance, clarity of treatment goals, and improvement in the presenting problem. However, there were no significant differences among groups on family optimism or on outcome after 10 sessions. The implications of these results are discussed.