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Effects of coping-oriented couples therapy on depression: a randomized clinical trial


Bodenmann, Guy; Plancherel, Bernard; Beach, Steven R H; Widmer, Kathrin; Gabriel, Barbara; Meuwly, Nathalie; Charvoz, Linda; Hautzinger, Martin; Schramm, Elisabeth (2008). Effects of coping-oriented couples therapy on depression: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76(6):944-954.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of coping-oriented couple therapy (COCT) as a treatment of depression in comparison to cognitive therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). Sixty couples, including one clinically depressed partner, completed pre and post test questionnaires as well as follow-up assessments at six month intervals over the subsequent one and a half years. Effects of the three treatments on depressive symptomatology (assessed by BDI and HRSD), recovery rates, and relapse rates were examined. Additionally, changes in relationship quality were evaluated. Results suggest coping-oriented couple therapy was as effective in improving depressive symptomatology as two well-established, evidenced-based treatment approaches. Couple therapy did not demonstrate a significantly better outcome with regard to self-reported relationship satisfaction or dyadic coping; however, couple therapy produced significant improvements in partner expressed emotion, changes that were not seen in other treatment conditions.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of coping-oriented couple therapy (COCT) as a treatment of depression in comparison to cognitive therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). Sixty couples, including one clinically depressed partner, completed pre and post test questionnaires as well as follow-up assessments at six month intervals over the subsequent one and a half years. Effects of the three treatments on depressive symptomatology (assessed by BDI and HRSD), recovery rates, and relapse rates were examined. Additionally, changes in relationship quality were evaluated. Results suggest coping-oriented couple therapy was as effective in improving depressive symptomatology as two well-established, evidenced-based treatment approaches. Couple therapy did not demonstrate a significantly better outcome with regard to self-reported relationship satisfaction or dyadic coping; however, couple therapy produced significant improvements in partner expressed emotion, changes that were not seen in other treatment conditions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Depression, Treatment, Marital Therapy, Relapse, Dyadic Coping
Language:English
Date:December 2008
Deposited On:23 Dec 2008 13:31
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:46
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:0022-006X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1037/a0013467
PubMed ID:19045963

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