Action research in the light of integrative practice of marital and family therapists and some other research problems

Authors

  • Robert Cvetek Slovenian Psychological Association (SPA)
  • Mateja Cvetek Slovenian Psychological Association (SPA)
  • Christian Gostecnik

Abstract

Marital and family therapists are likely to use multiple models or treatment approaches, combine several techniques, theories, or factors in their therapy to address the complexity of the therapeutic situation and abandon or modify “pure” theories and models. That makes research in marital and family therapy (MFT) even more complicated, especially when we talk about the applicability for practitioners. The practice of the majority of MFT practitioners is very individualized or idiographic, as are the clinical problems and circumstances. Action research method, which has been mainly overlooked in MFT research, is suggested to be able to help with some of the problems in MFT, although it has its own limitations and weaknesses. One of the possible ways of using repeating cycles of the four basic steps in action research (gathering information, reflecting, planning and acting) is described and briefly discussed.

Author Biographies

Robert Cvetek, Slovenian Psychological Association (SPA)

Robert Cvetek, PhD, is a researcher and specialist in marital and family therapy. He is currently the Secretary General of Slovenian Psychological Association (SPA).

E-mail: robert.cvetek@guest.arnes.si

Mateja Cvetek, Slovenian Psychological Association (SPA)

Mateja Cvetek, PhD Candidate, is a specialist in marital and family therapy and Vice – President of Slovenian Psychological Association (SPA).

E-mail: mateja.cvetek@siol.net

Christian Gostecnik

Christian Gostecnik, PhD. Frančiškanski družinski inštitut, professional director, marital and family therapist,

E-mail: christian.gostecnik@guest.arnes.si

Published

2008-08-11

How to Cite

Cvetek, R., Cvetek, M., & Gostecnik, C. (2008). Action research in the light of integrative practice of marital and family therapists and some other research problems. European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, (3), 38-45. Retrieved from http://ejqrp.org/index.php/ejqrp/article/view/20

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