Attachment and the Therapeutic Alliance in Family Therapy
therapeutic alliance, psychotherapy, mothers, fathers, adolescents, family therapy
The therapeutic alliance has consistently predicted client outcomes in psychotherapy. This study uses attachment theory as a resource in understanding the therapeutic alliance. Participants in this study were 27 mothers, 15 fathers, and 23 adolescents that participated in family therapy. Results indicate that mothers' reports of trust in their oldest child predicted the alliance, and adolescent ratings of trust in mothers and fathers moderated the relationship between therapy alliance and symptom distress. Implications for family therapy research and practice are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Johnson, L. N., Ketring, S. A., Rohacs, J., & Brewer, A. L., (2006). Attachment and the therapeutic alliance in family therapy. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 34, 205-218.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Johnson, Lee N.; Ketring, Scott A.; Rohacs, Jason; and Brewer, Amber L., "Attachment and the Therapeutic Alliance in Family Therapy" (2006). Faculty Publications. 4056.
The American Journal of Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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