Marriage and family therapists and psychotropic medications: Practice patterns from a national study

Barbara Couden Hernandez, William J. Doherty

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Abstract

A national sample of marriage and family therapists (MFTs) was used to describe practice patterns of MFTs whose clients use psychotropics and to compare medicated and nonmedicated clients. Marriage and Family Therapists (n = 283) reported on 195 medicated and 483 nonmedicated adult clients. Clients (n = 375) rated their improvement and satisfaction with treatment. Results showed that 91% of MFTs treat medicated clients, and these clients accounted for 25% of MFT cases. Medicated clients were most often seen in individual therapy, had more serious medical problems, and showed greater cumulative improvement in relational functioning. Therapists from MFT educational backgrounds had fewer medicated clients than MFTs from other educational backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-189
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of marital and family therapy
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2005

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