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When training counseling students it is increasingly important to acquaint them with the clinical research literature exploring the efficacy of a particular treatment. In order to facilitate this educational process, some reviews of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) concerning marital problems are provided here. ESTs, also called evidence-based treatments, are grounded in studies recommended by the American Psychological Association. Since managed care benefits often permit inclusion of family members in care, it is all the more imperative for providers to stay current with shifting trends in couples therapy literature. Background information and common treatment protocols for marital problems, are provided, including reasons as to why people enter counseling. Various studies concerning or involving the following types of counseling are detailed: discussion-type counseling; reciprocity counseling and reinforcement exchange; diagnostically relevant outcome measures; problem-solving treatment; emotionally focused treatment; behavior exchange therapy; communication/problem solving training; and behavioral sex therapy. Sections are presented on: Does Martial Therapy Work? Couples Therapy is Better and Getting the Love You Want. Overviews of reports on couples research since the 1970s are provided. (MKA)

Descriptors: Counseling Theories, Counselor Training, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Marital Instability, Marriage Counseling, Outcomes of Treatment, Teaching Methods

Author: Wilkins, Victoria; Zanotti, Mary; Urban, Greg; Solomon, Mindy; Chambliss, Catherine

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12298&id=ED419198

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