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Research Design for Family Therapists

Marriage and family therapists work with individuals, couples, and family systems. Because their work involves human subjects, conducting research presents many challenges in the areas of ethics, research design, and implementation. Select and analyze two challenges marriage and family therapists confront when designing and implementing research studies.

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* Select and analyze two challenges marriage and family therapists confront when designing and implementing research studies.

Under the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT,2005) ethical guidelines, marriage and family therapist are encouraged (and expected) to respect the privacy of each individual client in the therapeutic relationship. Confidentiality as it relates to counseling with families is focused on two positions: (a) treat each family member's confidences as though the person was an individual client, and (b) adopt the policy of not keeping secrets from other family members (Margolin, 1982). Thus, one challenge that the family therapist and/or marriage counselor may face when conducting research is the issue of confidentiality,

(a) Issue of confidentiality

The issue of confidentiality as addressed under AAMFT (2005) ethical guidelines are restated in part in the following standards:
2.1-Marriage and family therapists disclose to clients and other interested parties the nature of confidentiality and limitations of the clients' right to confidentiality
2.2-They do not disclose client confidences except by written authorization or waiver, or where mandated by law.
When providing couple, family or group ...

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This solution discusses the challenges to the family therapist/marriage counselor when conducting research

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