Relationship between behavioral marital therapy outcome and process variables. Journal Article uri icon



  • This study was conducted to identify therapist and client behaviors associated with a positive response to social learning-based behavioral marital therapy. A sample of 32 couples receiving treatment was examined. Immediately after each therapy session, the therapist, husband, and wife independently completed process rating forms that measured therapist and client behaviors during the session. Composite scales, derived from these ratings, were entered into multiple regression equations to examine their relationship with posttherapy marital satisfaction. After controlling for pretherapy marital satisfaction and the other predictor variables, therapists', husbands', and wives' ratings of positive client behavior (i.e., collaboration, active participation, and homework compliance) were positively associated with therapy outcome. Implications for marital therapy and suggestions for future research are discussed.

publication date

  • October 1, 1989

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Date in CU Experts

  • October 18, 2013 10:40 AM

Full Author List

  • Holtzworth-Munroe A; Jacobson NS; DeKlyen M; Whisman MA

author count

  • 4

citation count

  • 11

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-006X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-2117

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 658

end page

  • 662


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