Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 139–162 | Cite as

Vulnerability schemas of individuals in couples relationships: a cognitive perspective

  • Terje Tilden
  • Frank M. DattilioEmail author


The professional literature has recently given attention to addressing individual schemas in couples’ relationships, with particular emphasis on the fact that individual vulnerability has a significant impact on couples’ relationships. This article addresses how this vulnerability can be restructured during the course of couples’ therapy. Case vignettes are used to illustrate how the model can be applied. Some of the implications of this model are considered in the discussion section.


vulnerability schemas cognitive behavioral therapy couple therapy systemic perspectives 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Family Therapy DepartmentModum Bad VikersundNorway
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolCambridgeUSA

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