Prediction of response to treatment in a randomized clinical trial of marital therapy

David C. Atkins, Brian Doss, Sara B. Berns, William H. George, Krista Gattis, Andrew Christensen

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Abstract

This study investigated demographic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal predictors of treatment response in a randomized clinical trial of 134 distressed married couples, which examined traditional (N. S. Jacobson & G. Margolin, 1979) and integrative (N. S. Jacobson & A. Christensen, 1996) behavioral couple therapy. Results based on hierarchical linear modeling revealed that interpersonal variables were the strongest predictors, but their effects were largely limited to predicting initial marital dissatisfaction; greater individual mental health was also associated with less distress initially. Couples who were married longer demonstrated stronger treatment gains, and exploratory analyses suggested that sexually dissatisfied couples showed slower initial, but overall more consistent, gains in the integrative versus the traditional approach. Findings are considered in light of the previous literature on predicting response to marital therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-903
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume73
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Marital Therapy
Randomized Controlled Trials
Couples Therapy
Mental Health
Demography

Keywords

  • Couple functioning
  • Marital therapy
  • Treatment response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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Prediction of response to treatment in a randomized clinical trial of marital therapy. / Atkins, David C.; Doss, Brian; Berns, Sara B.; George, William H.; Gattis, Krista; Christensen, Andrew.

In: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 73, No. 5, 01.10.2005, p. 893-903.

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Atkins, David C. ; Doss, Brian ; Berns, Sara B. ; George, William H. ; Gattis, Krista ; Christensen, Andrew. / Prediction of response to treatment in a randomized clinical trial of marital therapy. In: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2005 ; Vol. 73, No. 5. pp. 893-903.
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