Traditional and Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy

Authored by: Lisa A. Benson , Andrew Christensen

Handbook of family therapy

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415518017
eBook ISBN: 9780203123584
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This chapter briefly reviews the history, methods, and empirical support for the behavioral family of couple therapies: specifically, its “first wave,” traditional form, and its “third-wave,” integrative successor, which adds an emphasis on acceptance. The “second wave” of cognitive-behavioral couple therapy is addressed in Chapter 6, “Cognitive-Behavioral Couple and Family Therapy,” and Chapter 19, “Cognitive-Behavior Couple Therapy,” in this volume.

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