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(p. 149) Problem-solving and changing behaviour 

(p. 149) Problem-solving and changing behaviour
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(p. 149) Problem-solving and changing behaviour
Author(s):

David Hewison

, Christopher Clulow

, and Harriet Drake

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199674145.003.0008
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date: 19 October 2019

Problem-solving and behaviour exchange are well-established procedures for alleviating relationship distress. Neither is simply a technique-driven intervention; both require couples to be able to manage their emotional state and think in a structured way. It is likely that the processes of empathic joining, unified detachment, and communicating internal states will already have taken the couple a long way down the road to devising satisfying changes in their relationship, even when there is more to be done. These interventions offer more options for achieving behavioural change, and have the benefit of generating positive experiences and feelings for couples as they succeed in working together on manageable tasks. Couples who are in an antagonistic relationship are unlikely to benefit from these approaches, which is why they should only be attempted late in the therapy process. Homework is an important part of this process and requires care if it is to succeed.

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