Expectations About Couple Therapy Over Time
Expectations, Couple therapy, Expectancy effects
One common factor of therapy, expectations, has been demonstrated to be a significant contributor to outcome in individual therapy. Despite this, little is known about expectations about couple therapy. This paper presents the qualitative results of a study exploring clients’ expectations before beginning couple therapy and after six sessions. Results indicate that clients form pre-therapy expectations about their therapist, the process of therapy, and their partner. Results also showed that after six sessions, clients’ expectations about therapy were often met or modified in ways that were positive. Implications for therapists and researchers are included.
Original Publication Citation
Tambling, R.B., Anderson, S.R., & Wong, A.G. (2016). Expectations about couple therapy over time. Contemporary Family Therapy, 38, 353-360. DOI: 10.1007/s10591-016-9390-x
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Tambling, Rachel B.; Anderson, Shayne; and Wong, Alison G., "Expectations About Couple Therapy Over Time" (2016). All Faculty Publications. 2470.
Contemporary Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences