THE PROCESS OF CHANGE IN COUPLES THERAPY: A QUALITATIVE INVESTIGATION

Authors


  • Lisa L. Christensen, MS, is a Doctoral Candidate; Candyce S. Russell, PhD, is Vera Mowery McAninch Professor; Richard D. Miller, PhD, is Associate Professor. School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

  • Requests for reprints should be addressed to Candyce Russell.

  • Preparation of this article was supported in part by Kansas State University Agriculture Experiment Station Project #HO-28 and the Vera Mowery McAninch Professorship. Appreciation is expressed to Sarah Heller for her assistance in the preparation of this manuscript.

Abstract

Open-ended interviews with 24 couples therapy clients regarding their experience of the process of change revealed shifts in clusters of affect, communication, and cognition. Six additional contextual preconditions for change were also identified. The change process within couples was uniformly reported to be gradual.

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