Who's dragging their feet? Husbands and wives seeking marital therapy

Brian Doss, David C. Atkins, Andrew Christensen

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Abstract

Despite its demonstrated efficacy, marital therapy's impact has been limited by couples' general reluctance to seek help until their problems become severe. To understand this delay, 147 married couples (294 individuals) in the process of seeking marital therapy were surveyed. Using multilevel confirmatory factor analysis, three relatively independent steps (problem recognition, treatment consideration, and treatment seeking) were identified. On average, wives were rated as completing all three steps before their husbands. Gender-role orientation, demographics, relationship satisfaction, and specific relationship problems (especially husbands' dissatisfaction with sex) were also predictive of the steps toward therapy. Implications for marital therapy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-177
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume29
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Marital Therapy
Spouses
husband
Foot
wife
Statistical Factor Analysis
married couple
multi-level analysis
Therapeutics
gender role
Demography
factor analysis

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Who's dragging their feet? Husbands and wives seeking marital therapy. / Doss, Brian; Atkins, David C.; Christensen, Andrew.

In: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Vol. 29, No. 2, 01.04.2003, p. 165-177.

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Doss, Brian ; Atkins, David C. ; Christensen, Andrew. / Who's dragging their feet? Husbands and wives seeking marital therapy. In: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 2003 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 165-177.
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