A1 Journal article (refereed)
Depression : The differing Narratives of Couples in Couple Therapy (2010)

Rautiainen, E.-L., & Aaltonen, J. (2010). Depression : The differing Narratives of Couples in Couple Therapy. Qualitative Report, 15(1), 156-175. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2010.1145

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All authors or editorsRautiainen, Eija-Liisa; Aaltonen, Jukka

Journal or seriesQualitative Report



Publication year2010

Publication date19/11/2014


Issue number1

Pages range156-175

PublisherNova Southeastern University

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/74441


How does the spouse of a person with depression take part in constructing narratives of depression in couple therapy? In this study we examined couples' ways of co-constructing narratives of depression in couple therapy. Three couple therapy processes were chosen for the study, one spouse in each couple having been referred to an outpatient clinic for treatment for his/her depression. Four sessions from each systemic couple therapy process (Jones & Asen, 2000) were analyzed using narrative analysis. According to our findings, couples co-constructed narratives of depression, each in their own way. It is crucial to focus not only on the patient's individual narrative of depression, but also on the depressed spouse's narrative as an interactive part of the non-depressed spouse's narrative, and a shared narrative created by the spouses about depression.

Keywordsdepression (mental disorders)couples therapyspousesmarital spousescouple relationshipnarrative psychologynarrativitystories

Free keywordscouple therapy; depression; shared narratives; narrative analysis

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Ministry reportingYes

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