Title

The Relationship Between Stages of Change and Outcome in Couple Therapy

Keywords

couples, therapy, couples therapy, change in therapy

Abstract

Individuals who present for couple therapy may not be equally prepared to change. To explore the impact of readiness to change in couple therapy, this study examined the relationship between individual stage of change, dropout, and therapy outcomes in a sample of 469 individuals from 290 couples in marital therapy. Findings indicated that women were more distressed and more motivated to change than men, and that men were more variable in terms of readiness to change. Individual stage of change was unrelated to dropout or outcome.

Original Publication Citation

Tambling, R. B., & Johnson, L. N. (2008). The relationship between stages of change and outcome in couple therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy, 36, 229-241. (DOI) 10.1080/01926180701290941

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2008-06-14

Publisher

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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