Establishing the Validity of the Feminist Couple Therapy Scale: Measuring Therapists' Use of Feminist Practices With Heterosexual Couples

Christi R. McGeorge, Thomas Stone Carlson, Russell B. Toomey

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Abstract

The authors sought to establish the validity and factor structure of the Feminist Couple Therapy Scale (FaCTS) as a measure of therapists' use of feminist principles and practices in their work with heterosexual couples. Additionally, the authors examined the latent associations among the subscales of the FaCTS and two feminist constructs using a sample of 217 couple and family therapists. The results of this study suggest that a belief that addressing patriarchy is central to the practice of therapy with heterosexual couples and is strongly associated with engaging in clinical practices that address the power differentials that exist between men and women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • assessing and addressing violence and control
  • Feminist Couple Therapy Scale
  • feminist family therapy
  • gender-based power differentials
  • scale development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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