HRS/Sampling Structures

HRS/Sampling Structures



Social Work Research: Couple Counseling

Social Work Research: Couple Counseling

Research Problem

Currently, the practice of couple counseling is recognized as beneficial to provide sound relationships and save family life. Thus, over 50% of marriages in the USA end in divorce (Copen, Daniels, Vespa, & Moshe, 2012). Scientific researches indicate that the lasting rate of divorce among first marriages is 40-50% (Gottman & Silver, 2015). Meanwhile, 40% of marriages that end in divorce occur within the first five years of marriage, and 67% occur within ten years (Gottman & Silver, 2015). Furthermore, statistics show that failure rates for second marriages are similar or potentially higher than for first marriages (Copen, Daniels, Vespa, & Moshe, 2012). However, the majority of scientific studies prove that numerous problems concerning relationships disorders in couples may be resolved by means of the couple counseling (Doss, Rhoades, Stanley, & Markman, 2009; Gottman & Silver, 2015; Skovholt & Jennings, 2013).

Furthermore, couple counseling addresses any kind of relationships relating dating, engagement, and marriage. Although couples are unique but the majority of problems are similar. Sexual issues, money problems, children and parenting issues, in-law difficulties, misunderstanding, and communication disorders are common issues. In addition, adultery and cheating, balancing work and home, jealousy, differences in interests, values, and goals, and concerns about sound relations all bring couples into counseling.

Licensed therapists, psychologists, and social workers generally provide couple counseling, particularly focusing on couples’ relationship. The counseling suggests people numerous opportunities to solve problems and change the situations that hinder happy relationships development. Furthermore, it provides a supportive environment for couples to determine, communicate, and interpret bothering feelings, issues, and behaviors as well as facilitate positive changes and understanding. Qualified counselors can provide coaching, instructions, and professional feedback to help individuals develop new skills to improve their relationships. However, analyzing the scientific studies, it is evident that a minority of couples address to couple counseling.

According to Gottman and Silver (2015), less than 5% of couples being on the edge to divorce seek marriage counseling. Thus, most couples are not sure of what to expect from the practice of couple counseling. In addition, they do not know how to behave and what expectations counselors will provide for them. Therefore, the paper will address a gap in existing knowledge to examine all the peculiarities concerning the couple counseling and received results in this sphere. Particularly, it will interpret the notion of the couple counseling in the social and psychological spheres, analyze its advantages and fails, show current statistics and best practices of counselors, and provide useful recommendations how to use and provide the practice of counseling to the couples’ advantages.

In addition, the paper will have a practical value addressed to the couples that are experiencing marital difficulties. The majority of modern psychologists consider couple counseling a progressive method to improve couples’ relationship and communication, facilitate family life, and provide happier future. Therefore, the paper will aim at encouraging partners to consider counseling as an efficient method to analyze available perspectives and get skills to improve the quality of the life with beloved person, overcome crisis, and save relationships.

Finally, the findings from this study may be useful while determining couples’ cho