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Marriage and Family Therapists Working With Couples Who Have Children With Autism


  • Julie Ramisch, MS, is a doctoral student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Michigan State University.

Address correspondence to Julie Ramisch, Michigan State University, Family and Child Ecology, 7 Human Ecology Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824; E-mail:


Current research about families and couples who have children with autism is discussed using the Double ABCX model as a guide. A case study is presented along with recommendations for therapists who work with couples who have children with autism. Marriage and family therapists are encouraged to use the Double ABCX model as both an assessment tool as well as for intervention. More research and effective therapists in this area are needed in order to keep up with the rising rates of families that include children diagnosed with autism.