ERIC Number: EJ944527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Emotionally Focused Interventions for Couples with Chronically Ill Children: A 2-Year Follow-Up
Cloutier, Paula F.; Manion, Ian G.; Walker, Jan Gordon; Johnson, Susan M.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v28 n4 p391-398 Oct 2002
Couples with chronically ill children are particularly at risk for experiencing marital distress. The study presented here is a 2-year follow-up of a randomized control trial that assessed the efficacy of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in decreasing marital distress in a sample of couples with a chronically ill child. Thirteen couples with chronically ill children who received treatment were assessed to determine if the significant improvement in relationship distress observed at posttreatment and 5-month follow-up would be maintained at 2-year follow-up. Results demonstrated that improvements in marital functioning were not only maintained but, in some cases, enhanced at the 2-year follow-up. This uncontrolled follow-up study provides initial evidence of the longer-term benefits of EFT.
Descriptors: Marriage Counseling, Followup Studies, Intervention, Counseling Techniques, Chronic Illness, Child Health, Marital Satisfaction, Emotional Response, Counseling Effectiveness
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