This qualitative discovery-oriented case study sought to examine and describe change processes and change mechanisms related to successful treatment with Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. The model of psychotherapy change by Brian Doss (2004) was utilized as a framework for this study, which included one couple who experienced marital distress at the outset of therapy and was categorized as “recovered” at the end of treatment. Cultural considerations were also emphasized in this study. Processes of change included, but were not limited to, vulnerability, unified detachment, and empathic joining. Some notable change mechanisms included increases in acceptance and decreases in negative behaviors. Ideas for future psychotherapy change research are provided.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dissertations (PsyD) -- Psychology; Marital psychotherapy; Cultural psychiatry; Couples therapy
Date of Award
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Mahgerefteh, Hengameh, "Integrative behavioral couple therapy: a case study focusing on change processes, change mechanisms, and cultural considerations" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 615.