Marital therapy, retreats, and books: The who, what, when, and why of relationship help-seeking

Brian Doss, Galena K. Rhoades, Scott M. Stanley, Howard J. Markman

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Abstract

When doubts creep in and marriages begin to falter, where do couples turn for assistance? In a longitudinal study of 213 couples over the first 5 years of marriage, results indicated relationship help-seeking was relatively common, with 36% of couples seeking some form of outside help during this period. Individual and relationship difficulties predicted increased use of relationship books and marital therapy in the following year; therefore, these behaviors appear to be important outlets for relationship assistance. In contrast, attending marriage retreats/workshops was related only to demographic variables. Results of the present study suggest that the most common types of relationship help-seeking by community couples are understudied and likely underutilized in the dissemination of empirically based marital interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-29
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Marital therapy, retreats, and books : The who, what, when, and why of relationship help-seeking. / Doss, Brian; Rhoades, Galena K.; Stanley, Scott M.; Markman, Howard J.

In: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Vol. 35, No. 1, 01.01.2009, p. 18-29.

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Doss, Brian ; Rhoades, Galena K. ; Stanley, Scott M. ; Markman, Howard J. / Marital therapy, retreats, and books : The who, what, when, and why of relationship help-seeking. In: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 2009 ; Vol. 35, No. 1. pp. 18-29.
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