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Family Therapy Benefits from Research

•Describe three ways the practice of marriage and family therapy benefits from research.
•Analyze two characteristics of family systems that create unique challenges for the researcher designing a study.

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•Describe three ways the practice of marriage and family therapy benefits from research.

In a family intervention, the therapist, although working with the family as a unit, must consider all issues in which the clients may be exposed to harm. Margolin (1982) explains that marital and family therapists differ from individual counseling and/or therapy from both a practical and conceptual level. For instance family therapy is focused on family issues, and within a family system. This involves having members of the family unit listen to the feelings of other members. Conceptually, individual therapy deals with the conflict within the individual; whereas family issues are between people. Therefore three ways that research is beneficial to a family or couple include the following: (1) Research can provide information on family dynamics, (2) It can identify patterns that cause family members to have emotional problems, and (3) research findings can aid in helping families to understand the significance of relationship by studying human behavior.

Research can benefit the family in several ways. For example, the family of orientation can understand problems considered as the family unit the individual grew up with and the family of procreation—the one in which the individual is born. Other research suggests that in the last fifty years there has ...

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This solution discusses the characteristics of a family system with regards to challenges that may be faced by the person conducting research.