International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 20 Num. 3 - October 2020


Behavioral-contextual Model of Intimate Relationships: Applicability in Psychotherapy

Volume 20 Num. 3 - October 2020 - Pages 373-394


María Marín Vila , Carmen Ortiz Fune , Jonathan W Kanter


Intimate relationships matter for both human’s physical and psychological health. Although many theories have been developed to study this topic, there is no consensus about the underlying processes in human relationships. The Interpersonal Process Model, which has well-established empirical support, aims to address the development of intimate relationships describing them as observed behaviors. This has important implications in psychotherapy, especially for those approaches that understand the interpersonal patient-therapist relationship as a tool for change. That is the case of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. In this paper we articulate a model of intimate relationships based on Interpersonal Process Model and the principles of Functional Behavioral Analysis, connecting it with previous results on the field of intimate relationships. Likewise, a discussion about its implications in psychotherapy and its utility to solve some Functional Analytic Psychotherapy’s limitations is presented.

Key words: intimate relationships, psychotherapy, FAP, functional behavior analysis.

How to cite this paper: Marín-Vila M, Ortiz-Fune C & Kanter JW (2020). Modelo conductual-contextual de las relaciones íntimas: aplicabilidad en psicoterapia. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, 20, 3, 373-394.

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intimate relationships, psychotherapy, FAP, functional behavior analysis

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