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Allians med en Relation: Vilken betydelse har anknytningsstil för alliansskapande i familjerådgivning?

Engström Elliot, Gerd LU and Berger, Inger LU (2012) PPTP06 20121
Department of Psychology
Abstract
This study examined the connection between attachment styles of couples in couples councelling and the therapists' experience of alliance. Fifty-one couples (51 women and 51 men) were asked to complete self-report measures concerning their attachment styles when coming to councelling the first time. After three sessions in councelling the 23 therapists were asked to complete self-report measures concerning their experience of alliance.
ECR-R; Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised, (2000) was the instrument used for the couples' self-reports and HAq-II; Revised Helping Alliance Questionnaire (1996) for the therapists' self-reports.
Results suggested that there was a link between the attachment styles in couples with the therapists'... (More)
This study examined the connection between attachment styles of couples in couples councelling and the therapists' experience of alliance. Fifty-one couples (51 women and 51 men) were asked to complete self-report measures concerning their attachment styles when coming to councelling the first time. After three sessions in councelling the 23 therapists were asked to complete self-report measures concerning their experience of alliance.
ECR-R; Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised, (2000) was the instrument used for the couples' self-reports and HAq-II; Revised Helping Alliance Questionnaire (1996) for the therapists' self-reports.
Results suggested that there was a link between the attachment styles in couples with the therapists' experience of alliance. The therapist found it harder to create an alliance in couples with insecure elements in their attachment styles, especially the anxious style. When there is a difference in the couple concerning attachment styles there is a greater difficulty experienced by the therapist. The bigger the difference the greater the difficulty. No gender differences were found concerning attachment styles. The therapists experienced a greater difficulty if there was anxiousness or avoidance in the attachment style of women than in men, especially the anxious style. The attachment styles of men gave no significance.
This study gives an insight into attachment styles and their effect on alliance. We discussed the results in relation to research concerning adult attachment and its effect on couple relationships and the link between the alliance and therapy outcome. (Less)
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author
Engström Elliot, Gerd LU and Berger, Inger LU
supervisor
organization
course
PPTP06 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
couple therapy, alliance, couple counselling, Attachment theory, attachment style
language
Swedish
id
2544837
date added to LUP
2012-06-15 11:38:30
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2012-06-15 11:38:30
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  abstract     = {This study examined the connection between attachment styles of couples in couples councelling and the therapists' experience of alliance. Fifty-one couples (51 women and 51 men) were asked to complete self-report measures concerning their attachment styles when coming to councelling the first time. After three sessions in councelling the 23 therapists were asked to complete self-report measures concerning their experience of alliance. 
ECR-R; Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised, (2000) was the instrument used for the couples' self-reports and HAq-II; Revised Helping Alliance Questionnaire (1996) for the therapists' self-reports.
Results suggested that there was a link between the attachment styles in couples with the therapists' experience of alliance. The therapist found it harder to create an alliance in couples with insecure elements in their attachment styles, especially the anxious style. When there is a difference in the couple concerning attachment styles there is a greater difficulty experienced by the therapist. The bigger the difference the greater the difficulty. No gender differences were found concerning attachment styles. The therapists experienced a greater difficulty if there was anxiousness or avoidance in the attachment style of women than in men, especially the anxious style. The attachment styles of men gave no significance. 
This study gives an insight into attachment styles and their effect on alliance. We discussed the results in relation to research concerning adult attachment and its effect on couple relationships and the link between the alliance and therapy outcome.},
  author       = {Engström Elliot, Gerd and Berger, Inger},
  keyword      = {couple therapy,alliance,couple counselling,Attachment theory,attachment style},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Allians med en Relation: Vilken betydelse har anknytningsstil för alliansskapande i familjerådgivning?},
  year         = {2012},
}