Journal Article

A Review of the Research on Solution-Focused Therapy

Jacqueline Corcoran and Vijayan Pillai

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 39, issue 2, pages 234-242
Published in print March 2009 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
A Review of the Research on Solution-Focused Therapy

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Solution-focused therapy is a strengths-based approach, emphasizing the resources people invariably possess and how these can be applied to the change process. A review was undertaken on the treatment outcome research involving solution-focused therapy to determine empirically its effectiveness. The review involved experimental or quasi-experimental designs conducted from 1985 to 2006 and was limited to published studies written in the English language. Subject, intervention and methodological information on studies were collected, as well as statistical information necessary to calculate effect sizes. After searching the literature, ten studies were located and described. No particular characteristics emerged regarding studies with high versus low effect sizes. Implications for research are advanced based on the review, especially related to social work practice.

Keywords: solution-focused therapy; strengths-based; treatment outcome

Journal Article.  2963 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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