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De la clinique à la recherche dans un centre de thérapie de couple et de famille
From practice to research in a couple and family therapy consultation - This article presents a study that took place at a Couples and Family outpatient clinic. Multiple levels are involved in couples and family therapy. The definition of relevant variables allowing the evaluation of a systemic therapeutic intervention's efficiency is thus particularly difficult. The aim of our study is to assess the short- and medium-term evolution on four different levels: (1) individual symptomatology; (2) conjugal satisfaction; (3) parental and co-parental relationship quality, and (4) global family functioning for a brief systemic intervention (BSI). BSI consists in a therapeutic treatment of a maximum of six sessions. The different levels are assessed by validated self-reported questionnaires before and after BSI as well as at a three-month follow-up. The therapeutic alliance is also measured by a self-reported questionnaire (WAI) after each session. The results of a pilot sample of N = 10 couples and families showed the efficiency of BSI on most of the variables measured and a greater therapeutic change for women than for men. No therapeutic effect was observed for men's individual symptomatology or for global family functioning. These results suggest that BSI has a different impact on the four levels measured. The importance of the therapeutic alliance on the therapeutic success is also confirmed.
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