Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 4–13

Intimate Relationships and Psychopathology


DOI: 10.1007/s10567-011-0107-2

Cite this article as:
Whisman, M.A. & Baucom, D.H. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev (2012) 15: 4. doi:10.1007/s10567-011-0107-2


Relationship functioning and individual mental health and well-being are strongly associated with one another. In this article, we first review the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between relationship discord and various types of psychopathology, We then review findings suggesting that relationship discord is associated with poorer outcome for individual-based treatments for psychopathology and that, generally, relationship discord does not improve following individual-based treatments for psychopathology. Finally, we present a model for conceptualizing work with couples in which one partner has a psychiatric disorder and review the efficacy of couple-based interventions in the treatment for psychiatric disorders, with a focus on substance-related, mood, and anxiety disorders.


Marriage Married Couple Depression Anxiety Alcohol 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and NeuroscienceUniversity of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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