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date: 04 June 2020

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This chapter describes the application of the Five Factor Model (FFM) of personality description for couple therapy; more specifically, cross over analysis. Cross over analysis concerns a comparison of each person’s self-description with the description provided by the spouse. The FFM offers a compelling basis and means for a couple therapeutic analysis and intervention. It provides a clear, simple means to understand language for describing motivations and conflict that couples can easily understand and apply. Second, the availability of a validated rater form provides an effective and compelling medium for couples to express their own expectations about each other. Finally, an FFM cross over analysis can provide for clinicians’ insight into the motivational forces that may be creating conflict and dissatisfaction for the couple.

Keywords: Five-Factor Model, couple therapy, cross over analysis, marital therapy, marriage and family therapy, NEO PI-3

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