Wk. 9, Lect. 1 - Making Relationships Better

Wk. 9, Lect. 1 - Making Relationships Better - Psychology...

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Psychology M176 / Communication Studies M116:   Psychology M176 / Communication Studies M116:   Communication and Conflict in Couples and Families  Communication and Conflict in Couples and Families   Week 9, Lecture 1:   Week 9, Lecture 1:      Making Relationships Better Making Relationships Better REMINDERS: REMINDERS: We are working hard on grading the papers, and  We are working hard on grading the papers, and  hope hope  to have them back by the end of this week.  to have them back by the end of this week. The review session for the final will be  The review session for the final will be  in this room  in this room  after lecture one week from today (June 2nd). after lecture one week from today (June 2nd). The final itself will be in this room during lecture  The final itself will be in this room during lecture  one week from Friday (June 4 one week from Friday (June 4 th th ). ).
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Why is Change Difficult? Why is Change Difficult? Relationship problems are the #1 reason why  people seek counseling. BUT:  by the time couples seek counseling,  their problems are usually severe and several  years old. Why are relationship problems so intense? Why do couples wait so long before getting help?
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Intervention Strategies Intervention Strategies Tertiary prevention: Treat the disease Widely available as ‘Couple therapy’ Secondary prevention: Help those at risk E.g., seminars, self-help books Primary prevention: Prevent the disease E.g., Premarital counseling, enrichment
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Basics About Couples Therapy Basics About Couples Therapy Typically: one therapist and both partners, for 15-20  weekly sessions that are 60 to 90 minutes long. Therapists can have a variety of backgrounds and  training  There are times when standard couples therapy is  ‘contraindicated’ Like:  serious individual problems, high levels of domestic  violence, ongoing affair Specialized interventions exist for these problems
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Common Problems as Rated by Therapists Common Problems as Rated by Therapists Communication  (87%) Power Struggles  (62%) Unrealistic Expectations  (50%) Sex  (47%) Solving Problems  (47%) Showing Affection  (45%) Items in  bold  are those common problems that are also most  damaging and most difficult to treat.  Whisman et al 1997.  Details 
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