Improving relationships: Mechanisms of change in couple therapy

Brian Doss, Yeow Meng Thum, Mia Sevier, David C. Atkins, Andrew Christensen

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Abstract

In a sample of 134 married couples randomly assigned to traditional or integrative behavioral couple therapy (TBCT vs. IBCT), a multivariate hierarchical growth curve analysis using latent variable regression revealed that measures of communication, behavior frequency, and emotional acceptance acted as mechanisms of change. TBCT led to greater changes in frequency of targeted behavior early in therapy, whereas IBCT led to greater changes in acceptance of targeted behavior both early and late in therapy. In addition, change in behavioral frequency was strongly related to improvements in satisfaction early in therapy; however, in the 2nd half of therapy, emotional acceptance was more strongly related to changes in satisfaction. Research and clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-633
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume73
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Behavior frequency
  • Communication
  • Couple therapy
  • Emotional acceptance
  • Mechanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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Improving relationships : Mechanisms of change in couple therapy. / Doss, Brian; Thum, Yeow Meng; Sevier, Mia; Atkins, David C.; Christensen, Andrew.

In: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 73, No. 4, 01.08.2005, p. 624-633.

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Doss, Brian ; Thum, Yeow Meng ; Sevier, Mia ; Atkins, David C. ; Christensen, Andrew. / Improving relationships : Mechanisms of change in couple therapy. In: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2005 ; Vol. 73, No. 4. pp. 624-633.
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