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April 1978

Conjoint Marital Therapy: A Cognitive Behavioral Model

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1978;35(4):450-455. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1978.01770280060006

• This article presents an integrated cognitive-behavioral model for conjoint therapy of chronic marital discord. The model is based on eight empirically testable hypotheses that are clinically relevant and integrate contributions from general systems theory, behavioral marital therapy, and psychoanalysis.

Disproof of cognitive schemas for the perception of the opposite sex (transference reactions) is hypothesized to be a common therapeutic mechanism in the dissimilar models of marital therapy.

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