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Couple-based interventions for medical problems.

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Baucom, DH; Porter, LS; Kirby, JS; Hudepohl, J
Published in: Behav Ther
March 2012

The current paper discusses general principles, therapeutic strategies, common factors, and domains commonly addressed in the treatment of couples who have a partner with a medical condition. Couple-based interventions for medical problems are contrasted with couple therapy and relationship education in that the emphasis is on assisting the patient in addressing the medical disorder, along with being attentive to the patient's partner and their relationship. Guidelines are provided showing how knowledge and understanding of medical disorders and couple functioning are integrated in order to conduct such interventions. Five common domains addressed during intervention are elaborated upon: (a) psychoeducation about the disorder, (b) sharing thoughts and feeling regarding the disorder, (c) making decisions focal to the medical disorder, (d) implementing relationship changes that are nonmedical but that result from the disorder, and (e) addressing relationship functioning unrelated to the disorder. The importance of empirically demonstrating the utility of each domain in future investigations is noted.

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Published In

Behav Ther

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EISSN

1878-1888

Publication Date

March 2012

Volume

43

Issue

1

Start / End Page

61 / 76

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Disease
  • Couples Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • 1701 Psychology
 

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Baucom, D. H., Porter, L. S., Kirby, J. S., & Hudepohl, J. (2012). Couple-based interventions for medical problems. Behav Ther, 43(1), 61–76. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2011.01.008
Baucom, Donald H., Laura S. Porter, Jennifer S. Kirby, and Jasmine Hudepohl. “Couple-based interventions for medical problems.Behav Ther 43, no. 1 (March 2012): 61–76. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2011.01.008.
Baucom DH, Porter LS, Kirby JS, Hudepohl J. Couple-based interventions for medical problems. Behav Ther. 2012 Mar;43(1):61–76.
Baucom, Donald H., et al. “Couple-based interventions for medical problems.Behav Ther, vol. 43, no. 1, Mar. 2012, pp. 61–76. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.beth.2011.01.008.
Baucom DH, Porter LS, Kirby JS, Hudepohl J. Couple-based interventions for medical problems. Behav Ther. 2012 Mar;43(1):61–76.
Journal cover image

Published In

Behav Ther

DOI

EISSN

1878-1888

Publication Date

March 2012

Volume

43

Issue

1

Start / End Page

61 / 76

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Disease
  • Couples Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • 1701 Psychology