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ERIC Number: ED383939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Relationship between Therapists' Attitudes toward Divorce and Marital Therapy Intervention Preferences.
Winters, Susan; And Others
Widely varying reports on the effects of divorce on children have created considerable confusion among therapists. Most traditionally trained secular marriage therapists view their position as that of an impartial mediator with emphasis on the well being of the individual. It has been generally accepted that the religious marital therapists are more focused on the family unit than on the individual. These two approaches are expected to be associated with different intervention preferences. This study assessed differences in secular and nonsecular marital therapist intervention preferences and divorce beliefs. A two-part questionnaire was devised to be administered to marital therapists from 26 secular and Christian church-affiliated counseling sites. Therapists practicing in secular and religiously-affiliated sites responded similarly on both the Marital Therapist Intervention Scale (MTIS) and the Divorce Knowledge Questionnaire (DKQ). Only one MTIS item differentiated between the secular and non-secular practitioners. Here, unexpectedly, the secular therapists reported greater use of questions exploring the potential value of forgiveness as a way of restoring loving feelings in the marriage. The failure to observe more differences on the MTIS suggests that therapists working with couples in secular and religious settings make use of very similar intervention strategies. While there is a widespread perception that marriage therapy offered by religiously-affiliated sites is more likely to discourage couples from seeking divorce, the results imply that these therapists are as successfully neutral as those practicing in secular sites. Contains 24 references. (BF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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