Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Integrative behavioral couple therapy for intercultural couples: Helping couples navigate cultural differences
by Kalai, Caroline, Psy.D., Pepperdine University, 2016, 153; 10196007
Abstract (Summary)

Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), an empirically supported and evidence-based third-wave behavioral approach for treatment of couples, is examined in this multiple case study. Specifically, the qualitative experiences of therapists using IBCT in their work with intercultural couples are examined through each therapist’s typed responses to open-ended questions. Each participating therapist in this study contributes by describing one case in which IBCT was used to help the couple navigate cultural differences as part of treatment. This study describes the various stressors faced by intercultural couples, therapists’ formulations of cultural differences, change processes and change mechanisms during treatment, and similarities and differences across therapists’ reports. The study concludes with participating therapists’ recommendations for treatment of intercultural couples in general, and recommendations for utilizing IBCT with intercultural couples. Lastly, implications for future research are provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Eldridge, Kathleen
Commitee: Ingram, Barbara, Sevier, Mia
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Couples therapy, Culture, Differences, Intercultural couples, Relationships
Publication Number: 10196007
ISBN: 978-1-369-35546-8
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