Katie M. Hrapczynski, MS, LGMFT is a doctoral graduate student in Family Science at the University of Maryland; Norman B. Epstein, PhD is the Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program and Professor of Family Science at the University of Maryland; Carol A. Werlinich, PhD is the Clinic Director of the Center for Healthy Families and Instructor in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland; Jaslean L. LaTaillade, PhD is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Science at the University of Maryland.
Changes in Negative Attributions during Couple Therapy for Abusive Behavior: Relations to Changes in Satisfaction and Behavior
Version of Record online: 9 FEB 2012
© 2012 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 38, Issue Supplement s1, pages 117–132, June 2012
How to Cite
Hrapczynski, K. M., Epstein, N. B., Werlinich, C. A. and LaTaillade, J. J. (2012), Changes in Negative Attributions during Couple Therapy for Abusive Behavior: Relations to Changes in Satisfaction and Behavior. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38: 117–132. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00264.x
- Issue online: 6 JUL 2012
- Version of Record online: 9 FEB 2012
This study examined effects of cognitive-behavioral couple therapy (n = 25 couples) and a variety of systems-oriented couple therapy models (n = 30 couples) in reducing negative attributions and degrees to which decreases in negative attributions were associated with improvements in other aspects of relationship functioning. Couples seeking treatment at a university clinic and experiencing psychological and/or mild-to-moderate physical abuse completed 10 weekly sessions. Attributions, relationship satisfaction, psychological abuse, communication, and negotiation were assessed before and after treatment. Women and men in both treatments exhibited decreased negative attributions, which moderated increases in satisfaction and decreases in negative communication, as well as increases in positive communication for men. The findings reinforce the importance of modifying negative attributions when intervening to reduce abuse.