ABSTRACT

In order to qualify for inclusion in this chapter, the focus of the study needed to be on users’ experience of therapy, rather than on demonstrating the efficacy of a particular family therapy model. The literature concerned with users’ experiences of therapy is quite difficult to organize coherently. However, we have chosen to divide the studies into five groups: large-scale studies, small-scale studies, individual case studies, studies aimed at unravelling specific features of therapy, and studies utilizing second-order methodologies. The last group utilizes ethnographic interviewing techniques which purport to be free of the positivist frameworks that permeate more traditional research.