Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy

  • Tamara Goldman SherEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_415


Behavioral marital therapy; CBCT; Cognitive behavioral marital therapy; Couples therapy; Marital therapy


Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy (CBCT) has become one of the most well-researched approaches for the treatment of marital and couple distress, with growing empirical support for its effectiveness. Theoretically grounded in both social learning and social exchange theories, the premise of CBCT is that an individual’s behavior both influences and is influenced by his/her environment. When applied to a marriage or other long-term relationship, this premise suggests that one partner’s behavior influences and is influenced by the actions of the other. CBCT typically focuses on two aspects of this process: (a) exchanges of positive and negative behaviors and (b) communication skills that influence the interaction process (Epstein et al. 1997).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PsychologyIllinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA