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Military couples face significant challenges to their relationships including demanding schedules, multiple deployments, and frequent moves. Despite the high costs of chronic marital distress, very few military (or civilian) couples seek marriage therapy. The military services and the VA system have implemented collaborative care models in primary care where internal behavioral health consultants are integrated into primary care. Integrated primary care can reduce the stigma of behavioral health services and may increase the odds that couples would seek help earlier. There are no established couple interventions designed for use in primary care. The purpose of this presentation is to describe a program of research focused on adapting and validating The Marriage Checkup (MC) for use in an integrated primary care clinic.
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Evans , A. L., Cigrang , J. A., Grey , T. D., Cordova , J. V., Najera , E., Pace , R. S., Fields , A. D., Glotfelter , M. A., Mitchell , J. A., & Tatum , J. (2016). Evaluation of a Brief Marriage Intervention for Internal Behavioral Health Consultants in Military Primary Care. .
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