Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Systemic-Transactional Model of Dyadic Coping

  • Guy BodenmannEmail author
  • Mariana K. Falconier
  • Ashley K. Randall
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_761

Dyadic Coping: The Systemic-Transactional Model

Couple support, couple coping, social support in couple


Collaborative coping; Communal coping; Couples’ coping; Social support; Spousal support


Dyadic coping refers to a view of stress as an interpersonal phenomenon in which one partner’s stress affects their partner’s in a committed relationship; therefore, coping with this stress is also a dyadic affair (Acitelli and Badr 2005; Bodenmann 2005; Falconier et al. 2016; Revenson et al. 2005). Conceptualizations of dyadic coping originated in the early 1990s, at the same time that coping researchers in the USA and Europe were proposing a more interpersonal or systemic conceptualization of individual coping. The assumption of interdependence between partners is a key feature of dyadic coping approaches and ascertains that partners have a strong and frequent mutual influence on each other across multiple domains (Kelley et al. 1983), such as emotional experiences...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guy Bodenmann
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mariana K. Falconier
    • 2
  • Ashley K. Randall
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Zurich, BinzmuehlestrasseZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityFalls ChurchUSA
  3. 3.Counseling and Counseling PsychologyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eli Karam
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA