Lee N. Johnson, PhD, Department of Child and Family Development, University of Georgia; Scott A. Ketring, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University.
THE THERAPY ALLIANCE: A MODERATOR IN THERAPY OUTCOME FOR FAMILIES DEALING WITH CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 345–354, July 2006
How to Cite
Johnson, L. N. and Ketring, S. A. (2006), THE THERAPY ALLIANCE: A MODERATOR IN THERAPY OUTCOME FOR FAMILIES DEALING WITH CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 32: 345–354. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2006.tb01611.x
The authors wish to thank Kansas Children's Service League and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund Grant #981223 for financially supporting a portion of this project. Portions of this paper were presented at the 2003 annual conference of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy, Long Beach, California.
- Issue published online: 1 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2007
The role of the therapy alliance in therapy outcome for families dealing with child abuse and neglect was examined using the family as the unit of analysis. The alliance was tested as a moderator in relationship to posttreatment levels of symptom distress and physical violence. Results show that the bonds, goals, and tasks subscale scores are significantly related to posttreatment levels of symptom distress and that the goals subscale score is significantly related to posttreatment level of violence. There is an interaction between bonds and level of violence at intake, suggesting that the greater the level of violence at intake, the more important the bonds domain.