Treating affair couples: Extending the written disclosure paradigm to relationship trauma Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Considerable evidence now supports the psychological or and health benefits of written emotional disclosure when pursued in an individual context. However, the literature has largely emphasized intrapersonal processes and outcomes to the neglect of interpersonal applications of the written disclosure paradigm, despite the fact that painful and traumatic emotional events frequently occur in the context of intimate personal relationships. In this commentary, we describe an extension of the written disclosure paradigm to the treatment of couples struggling to recover from an extramarital affair. Preliminary findings offer promise for integrating mutual written disclosure as an intervention component in treating relationship trauma. © American Psychological Association D12 2004; all rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Snyder, D. K., Gordon, K. C., & Baucom, D. H.

publication date

  • June 2004