Theoretical purity versus theoretical layering in marriage and family therapy

Ronald Jay Werner-Wilson, Becky R. Davenport

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There seem to be two competing streams of thought about the use of theory in the marriage and family therapy literature: theoretical purity versus integrationism. We examined influence of theoretical orientation on client experience in therapy. Level of academic training (masters' versus doctoral degree) was investigated as a possible confounding variable. Results suggest that therapists in private practice are less inclined to practice pure forms of therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-88
Number of pages12
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Theoretical orientation
  • Therapeutic alliance
  • Therapy process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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