Date Thesis Awarded

5-2016

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Michael Nichols

Committee Member

Cheryl Dickter

Committee Member

Angela Leruth

Abstract

The study examined the effectiveness of the four step model of structural family therapy developed by Minuchin, Nichols, and Lee (2007). It also examined the role of empathy in the therapy process, as well as sex differences. Seven therapy recordings were used, which were obtained from the archives of the Minuchin Center for the Family. Three undergraduate raters rated how the adult clients responded in regards to each of the four steps. Two undergraduate raters and an expert structural family therapist rated the therapists on their implementation of the four step model, and their empathy towards each adult client. Results showed that the therapist’s adherence to the four step model was positively correlated with positive client responses indicating in-session change, but contingent on empathy expressed towards that client. Empathy was shown to be a moderator in the relationship between therapists’ adherence to the four step model and client response. The therapy process is also talked about in depth.

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