Affective reconstruction: A pluralistic, developmental approach. Chapter uri icon


  • Emphasizes the use of "affective reconstruction"--that is, the interpretation of persistent maladaptive relationship patterns as having their source in previous developmental experiences--within a pluralistic approach to couple therapy. This chapter begins by describing both the rationale and basic strategies for incorporating multiple theoretical approaches into couple therapy. Both the pluralistic model and the approach to affective reconstruction advocated in this chapter are contrasted with alternative integrative and interpretive approaches to couple therapy. Initial assessment methods and case formulation, structural considerations, and assumptions underlying the therapist's role are considered. A case example illustrates principles of affective reconstruction and one type of couple for which this approach may be useful. This chapter concludes with clinical considerations in practicing competently from a pluralistic perspective. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

author list (cited authors)

  • Snyder, D. K., & Schneider, W. J.

complete list of authors

  • Snyder, DK||Schneider, WJ

editor list (cited editors)

  • A. S. Gurman N. S. Jacobson.

Book Title

  • Clinical handbook of couple therapy, 3rd ed

publication date

  • January 2002