Couple Therapy

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Book Chapter

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Academic Press


Couple therapy is an important subfield of psychology given the significant negative impact of relationship dissatisfaction and dissolution on individuals and families. This article provides an overview of the current science of couple therapy, emphasizing empirically supported treatments for distressed couples and new directions in couples research. Behavioral couple therapy, integrative behavioral couple therapy, and emotion focused therapy are highlighted. Additional topics include couple therapy for individual psychopathology, recently created prevention programs, and emerging web-based treatments for couples.

Chapter of

Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd Edition


H.S. Friedman