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EFT-C's understanding of couple distress : an overview of evidence from couple and emotion research

Gaëlle Vanhee (UGent) , Gilbert Lemmens (UGent) , Agnes Moors (UGent) , Celine Hinnekens (UGent) and Lesley Verhofstadt (UGent)
(2018) JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY. 40(suppl. 1). p.S24-S44
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Despite the growing body of research on Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT-C), less research attention has been paid to the validity of EFT-C's description of the relationship dynamics that characterize distressed couples. The current theoretical paper provides a narrative review of evidence from existing emotion and couple research for EFT-C's assumptions on the origin of relationship distress (according to Johnson and to Greenberg and Goldman). Our findings lead to three conclusions: first, the general assumptions outlined by EFT-Cs on need frustration, emotional responses, and interaction patterns are largely supported by the couple and emotion literature. Second, less straightforward evidence was found for the specific elaborations of these principles made by EFT-Cs. Third, a lack of systematic research on EFT-C's assumptions hampers strong conclusions. We suggest future research on this issue with attention toward current insights in the emotion and couple literature.
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emotionally focused, emotion-focused couple therapy, relational needs, emotions, relationship distress, conflict, topical review, ATTACHMENT STYLE, ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS, ADULT ATTACHMENT, MARITAL CONFLICT, SELF-ESTEEM, RELATIONSHIP SATISFACTION, PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS, APPRAISAL THEORIES, NEED FULFILLMENT, FOCUSED THERAPY

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Vanhee, Gaëlle, Gilbert Lemmens, Agnes Moors, Celine Hinnekens, and Lesley Verhofstadt. 2018. “EFT-C’s Understanding of Couple Distress : an Overview of Evidence from Couple and Emotion Research.” Journal of Family Therapy 40 (suppl. 1): S24–S44.
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Vanhee, G., Lemmens, G., Moors, A., Hinnekens, C., & Verhofstadt, L. (2018). EFT-C’s understanding of couple distress : an overview of evidence from couple and emotion research. JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY, 40(suppl. 1), S24–S44.
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Vanhee G, Lemmens G, Moors A, Hinnekens C, Verhofstadt L. EFT-C’s understanding of couple distress : an overview of evidence from couple and emotion research. JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY. 2018;40(suppl. 1):S24–S44.
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Vanhee, Gaëlle et al. “EFT-C’s Understanding of Couple Distress : an Overview of Evidence from Couple and Emotion Research.” JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY 40.suppl. 1 (2018): S24–S44. Print.
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  abstract     = {Despite the growing body of research on Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT-C), less research attention has been paid to the validity of EFT-C's description of the relationship dynamics that characterize distressed couples. The current theoretical paper provides a narrative review of evidence from existing emotion and couple research for EFT-C's assumptions on the origin of relationship distress (according to Johnson and to Greenberg and Goldman). Our findings lead to three conclusions: first, the general assumptions outlined by EFT-Cs on need frustration, emotional responses, and interaction patterns are largely supported by the couple and emotion literature. Second, less straightforward evidence was found for the specific elaborations of these principles made by EFT-Cs. Third, a lack of systematic research on EFT-C's assumptions hampers strong conclusions. We suggest future research on this issue with attention toward current insights in the emotion and couple literature.},
  author       = {Vanhee, Ga{\"e}lle and Lemmens, Gilbert and Moors, Agnes and Hinnekens, Celine and Verhofstadt, Lesley},
  issn         = {0163-4445},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {suppl. 1},
  pages        = {S24--S44},
  title        = {EFT-C's understanding of couple distress : an overview of evidence from couple and emotion research},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-6427.12128},
  volume       = {40},
  year         = {2018},
}

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