Assessment and Modification of Marital Communication

Noller P. and Guthrie D. (1989) Assessment and Modification of Marital Communication. Behaviour Change, 6 3-4: 124-136. doi:10.1017/S0813483900007506

Author Noller P.
Guthrie D.
Title Assessment and Modification of Marital Communication
Journal name Behaviour Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2049-7768
Publication date 1989-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0813483900007506
Open Access Status
Volume 6
Issue 3-4
Start page 124
End page 136
Total pages 13
Language eng
Subject 3203 Clinical Psychology
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
3200 Psychology
Abstract Our aim in this paper is to provide researchers and practitioners with a brief overview of current approaches to the assessment and treatment of dysfunctional communication in marriage. In our discussion of assessment, we examine four basic types of procedures: questionnaires, self-monitoring techniques, interviews and techniques involving the direct observation of interaction. We conclude that both insider (spouses' perceptions and interpretations gathered through self-report and self-monitoring) and outsider (direct observation of interaction) provide different but equally valid information about the relationship. Therapists and researchers are encouraged to use both types of information. Our discussion of therapeutic techniques includes the three major components of Behavioural Marital Therapy (BMT): Behaviour Exchange, Communication Training and Problem-Solving Training. We also focus on the importance of considering spouses' cognitions and emotional reactions, particularly those related to sex roles, when designing therapeutic approaches. Issues related to assessing the efficacy of therapy outcome are also discussed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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