New frontiers in the treatment of couples

Halford, W. Kim and Doss, Brian D. (2016) New frontiers in the treatment of couples. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 9 2: 124-139. doi:10.1521/ijct.2016.9.2.124


Author Halford, W. Kim
Doss, Brian D.
Title New frontiers in the treatment of couples
Journal name International Journal of Cognitive Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1937-1209
1937-1217
Publication date 2016-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1521/ijct.2016.9.2.124
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 124
End page 139
Total pages 16
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Guilford Publications
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Evidence-based treatment of couples began with the provision of behavioral couple therapy, emphasizing positive behavioral exchange and communication skills training to clinically distressed couples. The theoretical models of couple therapy expanded to incorporate cognitive interventions in Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy, and then acceptance-based interventions in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. In parallel, Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy developed with a focus on resolving attachment insecurity. Each of these approaches has evidence for their efficacy, and there is no consistent evidence of differential efficacy. In the past two decades couple treatments were adapted for couple-based treatment of individual psychopathology. There are emerging trends to extend the range of disorders for which couple interventions are applied, to address the needs of same-sex couples, to treat inter-partner violence, and to use systematic therapy progress monitoring to enhance couple therapy effectiveness. Recent work is taking a more populationbased approach to enhancing couple relationships using a stepped model of intervention, combined with a range of flexible delivery approaches (e.g., online, video-conferencing), to make couple therapy easier to access and more efficient.
Keyword Couple therapy
Couple treatment
Marital therapy
Review
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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