Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy
Behavioral marital therapy; CBCT; Cognitive behavioral marital therapy; Couples therapy; Marital therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy (CBCT) has become one of the most well-researched approaches for the treatment of marital and couple distress, with growing empirical support for its effectiveness. Theoretically grounded in both social learning and social exchange theories, the premise of CBCT is that an individual’s behavior both influences and is influenced by his/her environment. When applied to a marriage or other long-term relationship, this premise suggests that one partner’s behavior influences and is influenced by the actions of the other. CBCT typically focuses on two aspects of this process: (a) exchanges of positive and negative behaviors and (b) communication skills that influence the interaction process (Epstein et al. 1997).
Couples and Health
A patient’s ongoing, long-term relationship can influence a range of psychosocial...
References and Readings
- Epstein, N. B., & Baucom, D. H. (2002). Enhanced cognitive-behavioral therapy for couples. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.Google Scholar
- Epstein, N. H., Baucom, D. H., & Daiuto, A. (1997). Cognitive-behavioral couples therapy. In W. K. Halford & H. J. Markman (Eds.), Clinical handbook of marriage and couples intervention (pp. 415–449). West Sussex: Wiley.Google Scholar
- Halford, W. K., & Markman, H. J. (Eds.). (1997). Clinical handbook of marriage and couples intervention. New York: Wiley.Google Scholar