Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Cognition in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Kathleen A. EldridgeEmail author
  • Caroline Kalai
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_41

Name of Concept

Cognition in Couple and Family Therapy.


The field of psychology refers to cognition as an individual’s ability to process information in order to perform certain psychological functions and behaviors (Fuchs and Milar 2003). This term is also used in branches like social psychology and social cognition to refer to an individual’s attitudes, beliefs, attributions, and interpersonal dynamics (Relvin 2013; Sternberg and Sternberg 2009). Cognition shapes and influences individuals’ interpretations, behaviors, and emotions in interpersonal relationships and is therefore well integrated into couple and family treatment methods. This entry will specifically focus on the psychological concept of cognition within the area of couple and family psychotherapy.

Theoretical Context for Concept

Although originally coined to describe a person’s thinking and awareness in the fifteenth century, early Greek philosophers first contemplated cognitionbefore the field of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Education and PsychologyPepperdine UniversityLos AngelesUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Brian Baucom
    • 1
  1. 1.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA