The ongoing evolution of behavioral couples therapy: Retrospect and prospect

Halford, WK (1998) The ongoing evolution of behavioral couples therapy: Retrospect and prospect. Clinical Psychology Review, 18 6: 613-633. doi:10.1016/S0272-7358(98)00022-1


Author Halford, WK
Title The ongoing evolution of behavioral couples therapy: Retrospect and prospect
Journal name Clinical Psychology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-7358
Publication date 1998-09-01
Year available 1998
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/S0272-7358(98)00022-1
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 18
Issue 6
Start page 613
End page 633
Total pages 21
Place of publication OXFORD
Publisher PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Language eng
Abstract Behavioral couples therapy (BCT) was first described thirty years ago, and the conceptual basis of the approach has been evolving ever since. Whilst BCT in its current form is a well established treatment for relationship problems, there are significant limitations to its efficacy, and there are a number of new developments intended to enhance the efficacy of the approach. Currently BCT primarily is a skills training therapy, targeting change in couple's interactions to promote greater relationship satisfaction. Current developments focus on broadening this traditional emphasis on changing couple interactions to greater attention to reducing negative emotional responses to partner behaviors (increasing acceptance), and increasing self-directed personal change efforts. Future developments of BCT are likely to pay greater attention to different types of couple interaction which are associated with sustained relationship satisfaction, the individual vulnerabilities partners bring to relationships, and the environmental stresses impinging upon the couple. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd.
Keyword Oriented Marital-Therapy
Psychotherapy Outcome Research
Physical Aggression
Depressed Partner
Self-Regulation
Follow-Up
Satisfaction
Marriage
Family
Conflict
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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