Paula F. Cloutier, Ian G. Manion, and Jan Gordon Walker, Mental Health Patient Service Unit, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Susan M. Johnson, Department of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Ottawa.
EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED INTERVENTIONS FOR COUPLES WITH CHRONICALLY ILL CHILDREN: A 2-YEAR FOLLOW-UP
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 391–398, October 2002
How to Cite
Cloutier, P. F., Manion, I. G., Walker, J. G. and Johnson, S. M. (2002), EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED INTERVENTIONS FOR COUPLES WITH CHRONICALLY ILL CHILDREN: A 2-YEAR FOLLOW-UP. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28: 391–398. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2002.tb00364.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Couples with chronically ill children are particularly at risk for experiencing marital distress. The study presented here is a 2-year follow-up of a randomized control trial that assessed the efficacy of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in decreasing marital distress in a sample of couples with a chronically ill child. Thirteen couples with chronically ill children who received treatment were assessed to determine if the significant improvement in relationship distress observed at posttreatment and 5-month follow-up would be maintained at 2-year follow-up. Results demonstrated that improvements in marital functioning were not only maintained but, in some cases, enhanced at the 2-year follow-up. This uncontrolled follow-up study provides initial evidence of the longer-term benefits of EFT.