What works for whom: A meta-analytic review of marital and couples therapy in reference to marital distress

Nathan D. Wood, D. Russell Crane, G. Bruce Schaalje, David D. Law

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Abstract

Due to methodological limitations, past meta-analytic research was not able to identify which, treatment was most effective for specific marital distress levels. By converting pre- and post-test scores from marital research into equivalent Dyadic Adjustment Scale scores, it was possible to isolate mild, moderate, and severe levels of marital distress. Results show that Emotionally Focused therapy is significantly more effective than isolated Behavioral Marital Therapy interventions for the treatment of moderate marital distress. Future directions of outcome research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-287
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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