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ERIC Number: EJ942427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1066-4807
Couples' Reports of Relationship Problems in a Naturalistic Therapy Setting
Boisvert, Marie-Michele; Wright, John; Tremblay, Nadine; McDuff, Pierre
Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, v19 n4 p362-368 Oct 2011
Understanding couples' relationship problems is fundamental to couple therapy. Although research has documented common relationship problems, no study has used open-ended questions to explore problems in couples seeking therapy in naturalistic settings. The present study used a reliable coding system to explore the relationship problems reported by 108 couples. The most common problems were related to communication, emotional affection or distance, specific areas of the current relationship, and lack of physical affection or sex. Comparisons of therapeutic mandates revealed that commitment or security problems and infidelity or flirting problems were more common among couples pursuing an ambivalence resolution mandate than among couples pursuing an alleviation of distress mandate. Results demonstrated the importance of identifying distinct therapeutic mandates in couple therapy. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dyadic Adjustment Scale