ERIC Number: ED155531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Behavioral Marital Therapy (BMT) for Alcoholics and Wives: Review of Literature and a Proposed Research Program.
O'Farrell, Timothy J.; Cutter, Henry S. G.
After describing a social learning formulation of the male alcoholic's marriage, this paper reviews the few studies of behavioral marital therapy (BMT) for alcoholics and their wives. Although none of these studies are as rigorous as one might wish and many of them are merely case studies, a review of the literature shows that behavioral marital therapy in combination with social and vocational behavioral alcoholism treatment produces better results with State Hospital alcoholics than does a less intensive traditional alcoholism treatment. When intensity of treatment is held constant, behavioral marital therapy for outpatient alcoholics is not only superior to three alternative behavioral treatments but clearly exceeds the outcome statistics in the nonbehavioral literature. With the exception of a study treating only the wife, behavioral marital therapy has had positive results in 29 of 31 cases treated. A series of issues and questions future studies should address are listed. In addition, a study to compare behavioral and non-behavioral couples groups is proposed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Experimental and Behavioral Approaches to Alcoholism (Bergen, NORWAY, August 28-September 1, 1977); Tables not available due to poor filming quality