Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy With Neurodegenerative Diseases: A Pilot Study

Simona Ghedin, Alberto Semi, Floriana Caccamo, Luca Caldironi, Cristina Marogna, Francesco Piccione, Maria Rosaria Stabile, Rita Lorio, Giulio Vidotto

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This research wants to verify the effectiveness of couple's treatment, when a neurodegenerative disease affects one of the two partners. The disease affects not only the ailing individual, but also the dynamics within the couple. Fourteen patients affected by neurodegenerative diseases participated in an emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT) with their spouses. We collected a measure of the quality of life (SF-36) and relationship satisfaction (DAS) at the beginning and at the end of the treatment for both partners. The results show an improvement in quality of life and couple contentment, underlining the usefulness of such a psychotherapeutic intervention on the couple.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalThe American Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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