Main content

Denials of responsibility in couple therapy

Show full item record

Title: Denials of responsibility in couple therapy
Author: Smoliak, Olga; Rice, Carla; Knudson-Martin, Carmen; Briscoe, Cara; LeCouteur, Amanda; LaMarre, Andrea; Tseliou, Eleftheria; Addison, Maggie; Myers, Madison; Velikonja, Linnea; Vesely, Leslie
Abstract: Although minimization of blaming and denials of responsibility are key components of many approaches to couple therapy, there has been little attention paid to how partners absolve themselves of responsibility and counter attributions of blame. In this study, we used thematic analysis to examine 40 videorecorded sessions of couple therapy. The study shows that injuring partners denied responsibility for harm by shifting it to sources outside of themselves, thereby justifying their own actions and minimizing negative consequences. More subtle ways of deflecting responsibility—partial or qualified admission of fault—were also observed. The implications for couple therapy are discussed.
Date: 2021-09-11
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Related Publications: Smoliak, O., Rice, C., Knudson-Martin, C., LeCouteur, A., LaMarre, A., Tseliou, E., Addison, M., Myers, M., Velikonja, L., & Vesely, L. (2021). Denials of responsibility in couple therapy. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.
Embargoed Until: 2022-09-11

Files in this item

Files Size Format View Description
Smoliak_Denials.pdf 347.9Kb PDF View/Open Article

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
The library is committed to ensuring that members of our user community with disabilities have equal access to our services and resources and that their dignity and independence is always respected. If you encounter a barrier and/or need an alternate format, please fill out our Library Print and Multimedia Alternate-Format Request Form. Contact us if you’d like to provide feedback:  (email address)