9. Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy: An Acceptance-Based Approach to Improving Relationship Functioning

  1. James D. Herbert and
  2. Evan M. Forman
  1. Meghan M. McGinn,
  2. Lisa A. Benson and
  3. Andrew Christensen

Published Online: 16 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118001851.ch9

Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Understanding and Applying the New Therapies

Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Understanding and Applying the New Therapies

How to Cite

McGinn, M. M., Benson, L. A. and Christensen, A. (2011) Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy: An Acceptance-Based Approach to Improving Relationship Functioning, in Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Understanding and Applying the New Therapies (eds J. D. Herbert and E. M. Forman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118001851.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470474419

Online ISBN: 9781118001851

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Keywords:

  • behavior therapy;
  • couple therapy;
  • marital therapy;
  • acceptance;
  • behavior change;
  • marital distress;
  • couples

Summary

Integrative behavioral couple therapy (IBCT), developed by Andrew Christensen and Neil Jacobson in the 1990s, represents a departure from traditional behavioral couple therapy in its emphasis on acceptance and contingency-shaped change over traditional direct change strategies. Similar to “third wave” therapies for individual clients that promote a willingness to let go of the struggle to change one's own experience, acceptance in the context of couple therapy means a willingness to let go of the struggle to change the other partner; this is brought about through interventions that promote greater intimacy and nonblaming discussions of the couple's issues. This chapter discusses the IBCT model of couple distress and treatment, illustrates acceptance-based strategies with a case example, compares IBCT to other behavioral couple therapies and to third wave therapies for individuals, presents research on its efficacy, and provides suggestions for future research.