Therapeutic Alliance as a Mediating Factor Between Couple Attachment and Therapeutic Outcome
Type of DegreeThesis
Human Development and Family Studies
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The purpose of this thesis was to examine how the therapeutic alliance mediates the relationship between the anxiety and avoidance dimensions on a couple attachment measure and subsequent relationship satisfaction scores. The sample is derived from couples attending therapy at a marriage and family therapy training clinic at a southeastern university. It was found that the therapeutic alliance does not mediated couples’ attachment and their relationship satisfcation scores. However, a positive relationship was found between females and males first and fourth session relationship satisfaction scores and between females and males therapeutic alliance scores and fourth session relationship satisfaction scores. Additionally, a negative relationship between males’ anxiety and fourth session relationship satisfaction scores was found.