The System for Observing Family Therapy Alliances (SOFTA) is an observational tool that analyzes how the therapeutic alliance is constructed and modified during the therapeutic process in couple and family therapy (Escudero, Boogmans, Loots, & Friedlander, 2012). SOFTA has been developed for analyzing video recordings of therapeutic sessions, and the present study aims at verifying whether this instrument can be effective when only audio recordings are available. For this purpose, 5 cases of first couple and family therapy sessions were codified by 2 independent judges: one analyzed the video recordings and the other analyzed the audio version of the same sessions. The judges' scores were compared: intraclass correlation and Wilcoxon's test were used to estimate the degree of concordance and to compare the judges' scores; Spearman correlation was used to control the construct validity. The results suggest that SOFTA is a reliable tool to investigate the therapeutic alliance using audio recordings, thus increasing the amount of data available for the analysis of the therapeutic relationship.
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