Couple therapy as a treatment for depression: II. The effects of relationship quality and therapy on depressive relapse. Journal Article uri icon



  • This study investigated the effects of behavioral couple therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and their combination on female depression 6 and 12 months after therapy ended. We predicted that couples receiving a behavioral couple treatment would be less likely to relapse than those receiving a cognitive-behavioral treatment for the depressed spouse alone. Relapse rates, however, did not discriminate between treatments at any follow-up point. Reductions in husband and wife dysphoria and increases in wife facilitative behavior during therapy predicted recovery. Moreover, high rates of husbands' facilitative behavior at posttest were associated with wife recovery and predicted low levels of depression at the 1-year follow-up.

publication date

  • June 1, 1993

Date in CU Experts

  • October 18, 2013 10:40 AM

Full Author List

  • Jacobson NS; Fruzzetti AE; Dobson K; Whisman M; Hops H

author count

  • 5

citation count

  • 14

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-006X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-2117

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 516

end page

  • 519


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