Sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations, the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research is the reference work on theory and methods for family scholars and students around the world. This volume provides a diverse, eclectic, and paradoxically mature approach to theorizing and demonstrates how the development of theory is crucial to the future of family research. The Sourcebook reflects an interactive approach that focuses on the process of theory building and designing research, thereby engaging readers in "doing" theory rather than simply reading about it. An accompanying Web site, http://www.ncfr.org/sourcebook, offers additional participation and interaction in the process of doing theory and making science. Read Chapters 1 and 2. This book is a classic overview of family studies theories. Reviewing these theories can help you see the linkages between family studies and MFT. You will also choose two other chapters to read that will assist you in applying your chosen theories to your case example.
Chen, R., Hughes, A. C., & Austin, J. P. (2017). The use of theory in family therapy research: Content analysis and update. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 43(3), 514–525. This article provides an overview of a content analysis of family therapy research articles. It identifies trends in how family therapy researchers use theory to inform their studies.