Emotionally-focused therapy and treatment as usual comparison groups in decreasing depression: A clinical pilot study
emotionally-focused couples therapy, clinical study, depression
Decades of research have shown that depression can have deleterious effects on couple relationships. Emotionally-focused therapy (EFT; Johnson, 2004) is an empirically validated form of couple therapy, which has shown effectiveness in reducing depressive symptoms in couples where the wife has depression. The aim of the current pilot study was to examine the extent to which EFT and the comparison treatment as usual (TAU) therapy group decrease depressive symptoms in distressed couples. Results show that both groups were effective in decreasing depressive symptoms, with EFT showing a clinically significant reduction. Clinical implications and future research are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Alder, M. C., Dyer, W. J., Sandberg, J. G., Davis, S. Y., & Holt-Lunstad, J. (2018). Emotionally-focused therapy and treatment as usual comparison groups in decreasing depression: A clinical pilot study. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 46(5), 541-555.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Alder, Meagan C.; Dyer, W. Justin; Sandberg, Jonathan G.; Davis, Stephanie Y.; and Holt-Lunstad, Julianne, "Emotionally-focused therapy and treatment as usual comparison groups in decreasing depression: A clinical pilot study" (2019). Faculty Publications. 4185.
The American Journal of Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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