Self‐control in distressed couples: a pilot study

In this paper we describe a pilot study into a short structured training in self-control for fighting couples

Alfred Lange


Scholarcy highlights

  • In the last decade the popularity of structured treatment protocols and even computer assisted therapy has been increasingly rapidly
  • Treatment protocols exist for different disorders such as anxiety, post traumatic stress, depression, and eating disorders including bulimia nervosa
  • Interactional problems in couples often develop in rather fixed patterns, few structured treatment protocols are available with their efficacy tested
  • This last criterion was established by using cut-off scores on the Dutch adaptation of the Symptom Check List-90 (SCL-90:
  • If one or both partners had a higher score on the SCL-90 than the average of the psychiatric norm group, the couple were excluded from the study
  • The first pre-test on the Interactional Problem-Solving Inventory revealed a low quality of the relationship in the participating couples; their average scores fell in the second decile, which means that 80% of the couples in the general Dutch population are better able to solve their interactional problems
  • At follow-up the Interactional Problem-Solving Inventory scores of most couples were still below the average of the general Dutch population

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