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J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996 Oct;64(5):1029-36.

Emotionally focused marital intervention for couples with chronically ill children.

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Department of Psychology, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Canada.


Couples with chronically ill children are at risk for experiencing marital stress. The present study was a randomized control trial that assessed the efficacy of emotionally focused therapy (EFT) in decreasing marital distress in this population of couples. Thirty-two couples with chronically ill children seen at a tertiary care pediatric hospital were randomly assigned to EFT or to a waitlist control group. EFT couples demonstrated significant decreases in marital distress at posttreatment and at a 5-month follow-up in comparison to controls. Clinical improvements in marital functioning following EFT were also demonstrated.

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