A positive couple therapy model: improving relationships for people with intellectual disabilities

A positive couple therapy model: improving relationships for people with intellectual disabilities Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss a model of couple intervention that has been specifically developed for helping people with intellectual disabilities who are experiencing relationship problems. Design/methodology/approach – Among other suggestions, the model recommends assessing and working not only with the couple, but also with extended family and the service system. An agency staff, familiar with the couple, is frequently asked to act as co‐therapist. Findings – Private couple therapy sessions have proven extremely valuable, along with specific strategies that focus on management of issues such as anger and jealousy, sexuality issues, ways partners can complement and compensate for each other's weaknesses, healthy boundary‐setting, having fun, and utilizing psychiatric consultation if necessary. Originality/value – There is almost no other clinical literature on this topic. This paper offers practical suggestions and is quite unique in the field. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Emerald Publishing

A positive couple therapy model: improving relationships for people with intellectual disabilities

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2044-1282
DOI
10.1108/20441281111180646
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss a model of couple intervention that has been specifically developed for helping people with intellectual disabilities who are experiencing relationship problems. Design/methodology/approach – Among other suggestions, the model recommends assessing and working not only with the couple, but also with extended family and the service system. An agency staff, familiar with the couple, is frequently asked to act as co‐therapist. Findings – Private couple therapy sessions have proven extremely valuable, along with specific strategies that focus on management of issues such as anger and jealousy, sexuality issues, ways partners can complement and compensate for each other's weaknesses, healthy boundary‐setting, having fun, and utilizing psychiatric consultation if necessary. Originality/value – There is almost no other clinical literature on this topic. This paper offers practical suggestions and is quite unique in the field.

Journal

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual DisabilitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 16, 2011

Keywords: Couples; Marriage; Intellectual disabilities; Love; Relationships; Counselling; Therapy strategies; Service barriers; Therapists

References

  • The Retarded Adult in the Community
    Katz, E.
  • Contraceptive choices for women with disabilities
    Welner, S.L.

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