- Oxford Library of Psychology
- The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- A Prolegomenon to Clinical Psychology: Two 40-year Odysseys
- A History of Clinical Psychology
- Emerging Policy Issues for Psychology: A Key to the Future of the Profession
- Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
- Evidence-based Assessment
- Schools of Psychotherapy and the Beginnings of a Scientific Approach
- Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Psychology
- Training, Credentialing, and New Roles in Clinical Psychology: Emerging Trends
- The Role of Psychology in Emerging Federal Health-care Plans
- Ethical Issues in Clinical Psychology
- Creating Public Health Policy: The Dissemination of Evidenced-based Psychological Interventions
- Interviewing and Case Formulation
- Diagnoses, Dimensions, and DSM-5
- The Anxiety-Depression Spectrum
- The Nature and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder and the Bipolar Spectrum
- Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
- Somatoform and Physical Disorders
- Trauma, Dissociation, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorders
- Sex and Gender Disorders
- Disorders of Impulse Control and Self-Harm
- The Spectrum of Personality Disorders
- Disorders of Development
- Cognitive Disorders in Adults
- Clinical Psychology Interventions in Primary Care
- Shifting Paradigms in Clinical Psychology: How Innovative Technologies Are Shaping Treatment Delivery
- Interventions in Forensic Settings: Juveniles in Residential Placement, Defendants in Drug Courts or Mental Health Courts, and Defendants in Forensic Hospitals as Incompetent to Stand Trial
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Psychological Interventions in Health-care Settings
- Behavioral Interventions in Public Health Settings: Physical Activity, Weight Loss, and Smoking
- Behavioral Emergencies and Crises
- Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents: Current Status, Future Directions
- Couple Therapy: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Findings
- Interventions for Mental Health Problems in Later Life
- Working with Sexual-Minority Individuals
- Interventions with Culturally Diverse Populations
- The Future of Clinical Psychology: Promises, Perspectives, and Predictions
Abstract and Keywords
Whereas most couples enter into marriage or similar committed, romantic relationships with the full expectation that they will live their lives together in a happy and rewarding manner, the divorce rate in the United States and many Western countries continues to be alarmingly high—in the United States hovering around 50%. As a result, mental health practitioners have focused energy on ways to alleviate relationship distress. Many approaches for assisting distressed couples have been developed, yet few have been evaluated to demonstrate that they actually help couples. The current chapter provides an overview of the major models of couple therapy that have been evaluated in well-controlled research studies and have demonstrated that they benefit couples. The models included are: behavioral couple therapy, cognitive-behavioral couple therapy, integrative behavioral couple therapy, emotionally focused couple therapy, and insight-oriented couple therapy. For each model, the theoretical approach, overall interventions, and effectiveness are discussed.
Donald H. Baucom, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Norman B. Epstein, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Maryland.
Jennifer S. Kirby, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Mariana K. Falconier, Department of Human Development, Virginia Tech University.
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