gender, marital therapy, power, spirituality, triangulation
Spiritual practices are increasingly accommodated by therapists working with religious couples. While research documents potential benefits, spiritual practices such as prayer may invoke an interpretive couple-God relationship distorted by pathogenic processes in one or both spouses. A survey administered to 78 religious couples examined the influence of power/gender as it relates to couples’ harmful triangulation with Deity. Results suggest that harmful triangulation with Deity does occur to some degree in couple relationships, that there are significant differences by gender, and that spouses’ tendencies to triangulate are correlated with one another. We discuss these results from a systemic-feminist perspective, and offer some clinical applications for working with religious couples.
Original Publication Citation
Gardner, B. C., Butler, M. H., & Seedall, R. B. (2008). En-gendering the couple-deity relationship: Clinical implications of power and process. Contemporary Family Therapy, 30(3), 152-166.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Gardner, Brandt C.; Butler, Mark H.; and Seedall, Ryan B., "En-Gendering the Couple-Deity Relationship: Clinical Implications of Power and Process" (2008). Faculty Publications. 4453.
Contemporary Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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