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Marital therapy for depression: Theoretical foundation, current status, and future directions

Authors
Journal
Behavior Therapy
0005-7894
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
25
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0005-7894(05)80152-2
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

The current paper examines the potential utility of marital therapy in the treatment of depression. First, three clinically useful models are outlined and practical concerns related to the use of marital therapy in the treatment of depression are addressed. Second, available outcome and process research on the use of marital therapy as a treatment for depression is reviewed in detail. We attend especially to the issue of specifying the population likely to respond most favorably to behavioral marital therapy (BMT). We conclude that BMT is a viable and useful form of intervention for a substantial subpopulation of depressed persons. Recommendations for future research are provided.

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