About the project
A mixed methods study of clients’ and therapists’ perspectives on what factors promote and inhibit addressing and disclosing family violence in conjoint couple therapy when violence is not part of the presenting problem
The overarching research project consists of two complementary work packages and employs two public sector Ph.D. candidates. The two work packages have individual and complementary research questions and studies, one focusing on addressing family violence in couple therapy and the other focusing on assessing family violence in couple therapy.
The research context will be the Norwegian Family Counselling Services, and the project is a collaboration between the East Regional Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufetat Region Øst), The Research Council of Norway (NFR), and VID Specialized University.
Couples and families seek counselling for a variety of issues related to relational distress. However physical aggression and family violence is commonly underreported and rarely raised by couples as the presenting problem in couple therapy. This poses a challenge in relation to providing safe and appropriate services to the families.
The primary aim of this work package is to investigate how both therapists and clients in a generalist couple- and family therapy setting experience the addressing of or disclosure of aggression and violence in a conjoint couple session where violence is not part of the presenting problem. The mixed methods design of the studies aims to collect both in-depth qualitative and large scale quantitative survey data on the individual, relational and organizational factors that promote and inhibit addressing and disclosing family violence in conjoint couple therapy.
Clinical psychologist, Cand psychol, University of Oslo
Professional practice with children, youth and families (PROBUF)