Attachment as a Predictor of the Therapeutic Alliance in Couple Therapy
therapeutic alliance, couple therapy, attachment style, partners
There is substantial evidence that the therapeutic alliance is an important predictor of successful outcome in couple therapy. However, little research has addressed the predictors of the development of a strong therapeutic alliance. One possible predictor is attachment styles among the two partners because of the effect of attachment styles to influence the formation of important personal relationships. The relationship between attachment at the first session and the therapeutic alliance at the fourth session was examined using data from 115 couples in couple therapy. Using Structural Equation Modeling, results indicated that only wives' avoidant attachment was significant predictive of the therapeutic alliance.
Original Publication Citation
Miller, R. B., *Bills, S., *Kubricht, B., Sandberg, J. G., Bean, R. A. Ketring, S. A. (2015). Attachment as a predictor of the therapeutic alliance in couples therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy, 43, 215-226.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Miller, Richard B.; Bills, Shawn; Kubricht, Bryan; Sandberg, Jonathan G.; Bean, Roy A.; and Ketring, Scott A., "Attachment as a Predictor of the Therapeutic Alliance in Couple Therapy" (2015). Faculty Publications. 3960.
The American Journal of Family Therapy
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