Resources

Currently, there are books on IBCT for couples and therapists, both of which you will find listed below along with a link to an external website which sells each book. Additionally, there is a growing body of empirical literature demonstrating the effectiveness of IBCT which consists primarily of journal articles published in peer reviewed journals. These journal articles are listed below along with links to Adobe Acrobat formatted copies of each which are available for download.

 

The most recent version of our book for therapists is Acceptance and Change in Couple Therapy: A Therapist's Guide to Transforming Relationships. This book describes the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of IBCT, a standard IBCT treatment protocol, and many illustrative examples from couples in treatment. The most recent version of our book for couples is Reconcilable Differences. It is a self-help book that is intended for couples to read while in therapy.

Bibliography of IBCT:

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Readings for Therapists

 

Christensen, A., Dimidjian, S., & Martell, C. R. (2015). Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. In A. S, Gurman, J. L. Lebow, & D. K. Snyder (Eds.), Clinical Handboook of Couple Therapy, 5th Edition (pp. 61-94). New York: Guilford.

 

Christensen, A., Wheeler, J. G., Doss, B. D., & Jacobson, N. S. (2014). Couple distress. In D. H. Barlow (Ed.), Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders, 5th edition (pp. 703 – 731). New York: Guilford.

 

Jacobson, N. S. & Christensen, A. (1998). Acceptance and change in couple therapy: A therapist’s guide to transforming relationships. New York: Norton. Note: Hardback title was Integrative couple therapy: Promoting acceptance and change.

 

Readings for Couples

 

Christensen, A., Doss, B. D., & Jacobson, N. S. (2014). Reconcilable Differences. New York: Guilford.

Note: this is a book on IBCT written for couples that can be read during therapy or on its own as a self-help book apart from therapy.

 

OurRelationship: This is an online intervention program for couples where they may achieve some of the benefits of therapy without going to a therapist.

 

Research on Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy

 

Atkins, D. C., Berns, S. B., George, W., Doss, B., Gattis, K., & Christensen, A. (2005). Prediction of response to treatment in a randomized clinical trial of marital therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 893-903.


Atkins, D. C., Dimidjian, S., Bedics, J. D., & Christensen, A. (2009). Couple discord and depression in couples during couple therapy and in depressed individuals during depression treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77,1089–1099.

 

Atkins, D. C., Eldridge, K., Baucom, D. H., & Christensen, A. (2005). Infidelity and behavioral couple therapy: Optimism in the face of betrayal. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 144-150.

 

Baucom, B. R., Atkins, D. C., Simpson, L. E., & Christensen, A. (2009). Prediction of response to treatment in a randomized clinical trial of couple therapy: A 2-year follow-up. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 160-173.

 

Baucom, B. R., Atkins, D. C., Simpson, L. E., & Christensen, A. (2015). Prediction of treatment response at 5-year Follow-up in a Randomized Clinical Trial of Behaviorally Based Couple Therapies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83,103-14.

 

Baucom, B. R., Sheng, E., Christensen, A., Georgiou, P. G., Narayanan, S. S., & Atkins, D. C. (2015). Behaviorally-based couple therapies reduce emotional arousal during couple conflict. Behavior Research and Therapy, 72, 49-55.

 

Baucom, K. J. W., Baucom, B. R., & Christensen, A. (2015). Changes in dyadic communication during and after integrative and traditional behavioral couple therapy. Behavior Research and Therapy, 65, 18-28.

 

Baucom, K. J. W., Sevier, M., Eldridge, K. A., Doss, B. D., & Christensen, A. (2011). Observed communication in couples 2 years after integrative and traditional behavioral couple therapy: Outcome and link with 5-year follow-up. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 565-576.

 

Benson, L. A., Sevier, M., & Christensen, A. (2013). The impact of behavioral couple therapy on attachment in distressed couples. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 39, 407-420.

 

Christensen, A. (2010). A unified protocol for couple therapy. In K. Hahlweg, M. Grawe-Gerber, & D. H. Baucom (Eds.). Enhancing couples: The shape of couple therapy to come (pp 33-46). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

 

Christensen, A., Atkins, D. S., Berns, S., Wheeler, J., Baucom, D. H. & Simpson, L. E. (2004). Traditional versus Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy for Significantly and Chronically Distressed Married Couples, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 176–191.

 

Christensen, A., Atkins, D. C., Yi, J., Baucom, D. H., & George, W. H. (2006). Couple and individual adjustment for two years following a randomized clinical trial comparing traditional versus integrative behavioral couple therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 1180–1191.

 

Christensen, A., Atkins, D. C., Baucom, B., & Yi, J. (2010). Marital Status and Satisfaction Five Years Following a Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Traditional Versus Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 225-235.

 

Christensen, A., Dimidjian, S., & Martell, C. R. (2015). Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. In A. S. Gurman, J. L. Lebow, & D. K. Snyder (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy, 5th Edition (pp. 61-94). New York: Guilford.

 

Christensen, A. & Doss, B. D. (2017). Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. Current Opinion in Psychology, 13, 11-114.

 

Cordova, J. V., Jacobson, N. S., & Christensen, A. (1998). Acceptance versus change interventions in behavioral couple therapy: Impact on couples’ in-session communication. Journal of Marriage & Family Counseling, 24, 437-455.

 

Doss, B. D., Benson, L. A., Georgia, E. J., & Christensen, A. (2013). Translation of Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy to a web-based intervention. Family Process, 52, 139-152.

 

Doss, B. D., Cicila, L. N., Georgia, E. J., Roddy, M. K., Nowlan, K. M., Benson, L. A., & Christensen, A. (2016).  A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Web-Based OurRelationship Program: Effects on Relationship and Individual Functioning. Journal or Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 285-296.

 

Doss, B. D., Roddy, M. K., Nowlan, K. M., Rothman, K. & Christensen, A. (in press). Maintenance of gains in relationship and individual functioning following the online OurRelationship program. Behavior Therapy.

 

Doss, B. D., Thum, Y. M., Sevier, M., Atkins, D. C., & Christensen, A. (2005). Improving relationships: Mechanisms of change in couple therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 624-633.

 

Gattis, K. S., Simpson, L. E., & Christensen, A. (2008). What about the kids?: Parenting and child adjustment in the context of couple therapy. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 833-842.

 

Jacobson, N. S., Christensen, A., Prince, S. E., Cordova, J., & Eldridge, K. (2000). Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy: An acceptance-based, promising new treatment for couple discord. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68(2). 351-355.

 

Marín, R. A., Christensen, A., & Atkins, D. C. (2014). Infidelity and behavioral couple therapy: Relationship outcomes over 5 years following therapy. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 3, 1-12.

 

Sevier, M., Atkins, D. H., Doss, B. D., & Christensen, A. (2015). Up and down or down and up? The process of change in constructive couple behavior during traditional and integrative behavioral couple therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41, 113–127.

 

Sevier, M., Eldridge, K., Jones, J., Doss, B., & Christensen, A. (2008). Observed communication and associations with satisfaction during traditional and integrative behavioral couple therapy. Behavior Therapy, 39, 137-150.

 

Simpson, L.E., Doss, B.D., Wheeler, J., & Christensen, A. (2007). Relationship violence among couples seeking therapy: Common couple violence or battering? Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33, 270-283.

 

Simpson, L. E., Atkins, D. C., Gattis, K. S., & Christensen, A. (2008). Low-level relationship aggression and couple therapy outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology, 22,102-111.

 

Wimberly, J. D. (1998). An outcome study of integrative couples therapy delivered in a group format [Doctoral dissertation, University of Montana, 1997]. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 58(12), 6832B.