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Contribution to Book
Couple Therapy
  • K. R. Stephenson
  • Kieran T. Sullivan, Santa Clara University
  • A. Christensen
Document Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
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
Citation Information
Stephenson, K., Sullivan, K.T. & Christensen, A. (2016). Couple Therapy. In H.S. Friedman (Editor in Chief), Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd Ed (pp. 368-376). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.