Parnell, K. J., Scheel, M. J., Davis, C. K., & Black, W. W. (2018). An investigation of couples’ help-seeking: A multiple case study.Contemporary Family Therapy, 40, 110-117. In this article, researchers highlight many reasons that couples might seek out therapy.
Bradford, K. (2012). Assessing readiness for couple therapy: The stages of relationship change questionnaire. Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 38(3), 486–501. This article features evaluation of readiness tools and a discussion on a couples’ readiness to change in the therapy process.
Balderrama-Durbin, C., Snyder, D. K., & Balsis, S. (2015). Tailoring assessment of relationship distress using the Marital Satisfaction Inventory—Brief Form. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 4(3), 127–135. Describes the Marital Satisfaction Inventory and the major components of the inventory.
Gottman, J. M., Gottman, J. S., Cole, C., & Preciado, M. (2020). Gay, lesbian, and heterosexual couples about to begin couples therapy: An online relationship assessment of 40,681 couples. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46(2), 218-239. This article is a research study that highlights the presenting problems that bring couples into therapy. It breaks down unique situations that couples might experience, as well as the steps that lead couples to begin the therapy process.
Emerson, A. J., Harris, S. M., & Ahmed, F. A., (2021). The impact of discernment counseling on individuals who decide to divorce: Experiences of post-divorce communication and coparenting. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 47(1), 36-51. This research highlights the major elements of discernment counseling and how this is applied to therapeutic practice. Discernment counseling assists couples who are considering divorce to help them through the decision-making process and what that might look like.