Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Coping-Oriented Couple Therapy

  • Kevin K. H. LauEmail author
  • Chun Tao
  • Ashley K. Randall
  • Guy Bodenmann
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_705


Coping-oriented couple therapy (COCT; Bodenmann 2004) is a treatment model that emphasizes the role of stress communication and mutual support in couples. COCT posits that experiences of chronic minor stressors (i.e., inconveniences occurring on a day-to-day basis that may irritate partners over time) often trigger unpleasant behaviors in partners, which can then give rise to relationship tension. Thus, the goal of COCT is to help partners better understand their individual and joint stress reactions and learn to cope with daily stressors more effectively, which can significantly improve their relationship functioning and overall well-being.

Prominent Associated Figures

COCT was derived from Dr. Guy Bodenmann’s seminal work on couples’ stress and coping. Specifically, the systemic-transactional model of dyadic coping, which posits that romantic partners can engage in joint coping efforts to mitigate the deleterious effects of stress on their relationship (Bodenmann 1995, 2005...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin K. H. Lau
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chun Tao
    • 1
  • Ashley K. Randall
    • 1
  • Guy Bodenmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Counseling and Counseling PsychologyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ZurichBinzmuehlestrasseSwitzerland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HarfordUSA