Family Therapy and Couple Therapy

  • Ranjan Roy

Family Therapy

Since we conducted a major review of the efficacy of family therapy more than a decade ago and concluded that family therapy was indeed effective with selected populations, but in the absence of evidence for its efficacy with the medically ill population in general and the chronic pain population in particular, a great deal of new information has emerged (Roy and Frankel, 1995). Before we consider the usefulness of family therapy for patients with chronic pain, we report on, first, reviews of family therapy effectiveness over the past ten years and, second, reviews that have used meta-analyses to ascertain the effectiveness of family therapy in general.

Disruption in family function is not an uncommon occurrence in families with a chronic pain sufferer in their midst. As was noted in the preceding chapter, the consequences can be far reaching. Of course, not all such families are equally affected. Some adapt very well to their altered circumstances. However, patients who...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranjan Roy
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  1. 1.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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