Advocacy for Couples and Families: New Directions APA Publication Manual (7th Edition)

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The 7th edition APA Publication Manual (Manual) was released in October 2019. The significant changes between the 6th edition and 7th edition of the Manual were described in a previous issue of The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families. This article is written to expand on the substantial changes to the Manual’s guidelines and to focus on bias-free language and inclusivity. Using the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors Code of Ethics as a cornerstone, this article will focus on such diverse issues as advocacy, bias-free language, gender, inclusivity, racial/ethnic identity, sensitivity (avoiding labels), socioeconomic, and intersectionality issues. Recommendations are made, and examples are provided to help couple and family counselors become cognizant of the changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-228
Number of pages4
JournalFamily Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • APA Publication Manual
  • advocacy
  • bias-free language
  • inclusivity


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