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Family therapy research: a challenge and a proposal

  • Bryan Lask (a1)
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The question is often asked: “Does family therapy work?” This is an important but useless question. It is important because an enormous amount of time, energy and money is put into the clinical practice of family therapy. It is practised in every continent; there are many training courses and qualifications in very many countries, and there are over 40 journals devoted to families and family therapy. Yet there is a healthy and justified scepticism. So yes, we ought to ask whether it works.

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Family therapy research: a challenge and a proposal

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