An Empirical Typology of Distressed Couples That Is Based on the Areas of Change Questionnaire

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Abstract

Two hundred fifty-seven distressed couples seeking marital therapy completed the Areas of Change Questionnaire. Cluster-analytic procedures were used and identified 5 distinct types of couples (i.e., high conflict, disengaged, husband domestic dropout, wife withdrawn, and mildly distressed). The resulting cluster solution was successfully replicated with a separate sample. A description of each couple type and implications for marital therapy interventions and future research are discussed in terms of additional measures of personal and marital distress.

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