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A Process-Oriented Analysis of the Three-Phase Method: A Therapeutic Couple Intervention Strengthening Dyadic Coping


Leuchtmann, Lorena; Horn, Andrea B; Randall, Ashley K; Kuhn, Rebekka; Bodenmann, Guy (2018). A Process-Oriented Analysis of the Three-Phase Method: A Therapeutic Couple Intervention Strengthening Dyadic Coping. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 17(4):251-275.

Abstract

The efficacy of couple interventions is well established; however, the mechanisms behind their efficacy in reducing relationship distress are less clear. This study examined the three-phase method, a therapeutic interaction exercise designed to strengthen couples' dyadic coping skills in the face of stress. Based on a sample of 33 heterosexual couples, results revealed that deepening speakers' emotional experience positively predicted listeners' affective empathy. The quality of listeners' paraphrasing predicted higher cognitive empathy in males, and listeners' cognitive empathy positively predicted speakers' perceived emotional supportive dyadic coping. Implications for tailoring specific couple interventions in therapy for couples coping with stress are discussed.

Abstract

The efficacy of couple interventions is well established; however, the mechanisms behind their efficacy in reducing relationship distress are less clear. This study examined the three-phase method, a therapeutic interaction exercise designed to strengthen couples' dyadic coping skills in the face of stress. Based on a sample of 33 heterosexual couples, results revealed that deepening speakers' emotional experience positively predicted listeners' affective empathy. The quality of listeners' paraphrasing predicted higher cognitive empathy in males, and listeners' cognitive empathy positively predicted speakers' perceived emotional supportive dyadic coping. Implications for tailoring specific couple interventions in therapy for couples coping with stress are discussed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
08 Research Priority Programs > Dynamics of Healthy Aging
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:DoktoratPsych Erstautor
Date:2 October 2018
Deposited On:19 Dec 2018 14:01
Last Modified:09 Jan 2019 02:06
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1533-2691
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/15332691.2018.1462283

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