Medical Family Therapy (MedFT) has been promoted as beneficial for vulnerable patient populations. However, there is a need for MedFT effectiveness studies with longitudinal randomized control trials. Thus, this pilot study investigated the results of a brief single session of MedFT over a one-week period with low-income primary care patients. Effectiveness in this study was defined as increasing a sense agency and communion and decreasing psychological distress. Results suggested that over time, MedFT may increase some sense of agency for lower-income patients, increase patient satisfaction with care, increase family support for patients with higher education, and decrease depression symptoms for various ethnic groups. Limitations, implications, and future research were also discussed.
Marital and Family Therapy
Counseling and Family Sciences
School of Behavioral Health
McDaniel, Susan H.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Year Degree Awarded
Date (Title Page)
Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Family psychotherapy; Family medicine; Sick - Family relationships;
Subject - Local
Single-session therapy; Medical Family therapy; Low-income patients; Agency and communion; Psychological distress
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Pandit, Mayuri, "Study of Brief Single Session Medical Family Therapy with Low-Income Patients" (2013). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 142.
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