Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 89–103

Treating Depression in Men: The Role of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

  • Andrea K. Wittenborn
  • Bonnie Culpepper
  • Ting Liu
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10591-012-9176-8

Cite this article as:
Wittenborn, A.K., Culpepper, B. & Liu, T. Contemp Fam Ther (2012) 34: 89. doi:10.1007/s10591-012-9176-8

Abstract

While initial treatment recommendations for depression in the context of relationship problems have been outlined, attention typically has been focused on females experiencing depression. Less is known about the assessment and treatment of men with depression and relationship distress. This article presents the current literature on depression and relationship problems, including what is currently known about the occurrence, expression, assessment, and treatment of depression in men. Theoretical and empirically based assessment and treatment recommendations are then provided for Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with depressed men in distressed relationships.

Keywords

DepressionRelationship distressMen’s mental healthEmotionally focused therapy

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea K. Wittenborn
    • 1
  • Bonnie Culpepper
    • 1
  • Ting Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Development, College of Liberal Arts and Human SciencesVirginia TechFalls ChurchUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyKean UniversityUnionUSA