How’s your relationship?

How’s your relationship?

05 Jul 2010

You’re in a great relationship – so why see a psychologist about it?

To help others, says La Trobe University doctoral researcher, Amber Denehey, who is studying the link between problem-solving abilities and relationship satisfaction among couples.

happy-couplestd ‘We know relationship satisfaction is linked to patterns of conflict, says Ms Denehey. ‘Difficulty with conflict is one of the most common problems for clients in couple therapy.

 ‘However, we know a lot less about how a couple’s ability to jointly solve their problems impacts upon relationship satisfaction.’

So Ms Denehey and her research supervisor, Dr Lynette Evans, have embarked on new research to find out more about how couples go about solving their problems, as well as the beliefs they hold about close relationships.

‘Observational research into couple dynamics is becoming increasingly important, given that interpersonal difficulties are cited as one of the most common areas of relationship stress among adults today,’ she says.  

‘We need to know more about what type of behaviour is helpful and unhelpful when it comes to problem-solving between couples.

‘The more couples who take part in our study, the more generally applicable and useful our information will be – and the better we will be able to help couples in future who experience distressing patterns of conflict.’  

All information is confidential. To take part, or to find out more about this study, please leave a message with your name and contact details on (03) 9479 5328.

• Media Contact only: Amber Denehey  tel: (03) 9479 1590

Issued by Ernest Raetz
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