Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Contemplation as a Stage of Change in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Carlo C. DiClementeEmail author
  • Alicia E. Wiprovnick
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_558


Ambivalence; Considering Change; Decision-making; Decisional balance; Risk reward analysis

Overview and Theoretical Context

Stages of change represent a series of steps and tasks that assist in understanding the multidimensional nature of the process of intentional behavior change. According to the transtheoretical model (TTM), the process begins with an individual in precontemplation and not considering change through contemplation (decision-making), preparation (planning and committing), and action (making the change and revising the plan) to reach maintenance where the new behavior is sustained and integrated into one’s life (Prochaska and DiClemente 1984). When individuals in couples and family therapy need to make a change in personal or interpersonal behaviors, the stages can be helpful for understanding their readiness and motivation. Thus, assessing stage status enables therapists to match their approaches to meet the needs of clients in different stages of change....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyBaltimoreUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HarfordUSA