Guy Bodenmann

Guy Bodenmann
University of Zurich | UZH · Psychologisches Institut

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Introduction
Prof. Bodenmann works at the Departement of Psychology, University of Zurich. He does research in Clinical Psychology and mainly Clinical Couple and Family Research with a strong focus on stress, dyadic coping, and the interplay between couple functioning and child well-being. He has several projects in the area of basic research (experimental and longitudinal studies on couples functioning under stress), but also intervention studies (relationship education, couple therapy). One current project is 'Strengthening couples in the transition to parenthood and long-term effects on partners and children.' He developed the concept of dyadic coping within the framework of the Systemic Transactional Model (STM), the Dyadic Coping Inventory (DCI) and the Couples Coping Enhancement Training (CCET).
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August 2008 - present
University of Zurich
Position
  • Professor of Clincal Psychology
January 1995 - July 2008
Université de Fribourg
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  • Managing Director
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  • Director of the Institute for Family Research and Counseling Professor for Clinical Family Psychology

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Publications (413)
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Growing evidence that social support in times of stress is crucial for well-functioning relationships raises important questions about how intimate partners elicit specific forms of supportive behavior. To explore the process of support elicitation, we exposed either the male or female partner in a relationship to a standardized laboratory stressor...
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Although active, responsive listening is widely assumed to be essential for well-functioning intimate relationships, the manner in which this important behavior might promote closeness remains unknown. To test the prediction that listening may be especially influential when partners disclose experiences of stress, we instructed 365 heterosexual cou...
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Objective: Chronic physical illness affects not only patients but also their partners. Dyadic coping (DC)—the ways couples cope in dealing with a stressor such as chronic illness—has received increased attention over the last three decades. The aim of the current study was to summarize the state of research on DC in couples with chronic physical il...
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Dyadic coping (DC), how couples cope together to deal with a stressor like chronic illness, has received increased attention over the last three decades. The aim of the current study was to summarize the current state of research on DC in couples. We conducted a scoping review of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods studies published betwee...
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Chronically disabling health impairments affect an increasing number of people worldwide. In close relationships, disability is an interpersonal experience. Psychological distress is thus common in patients as well as their spouses. Dyadic coping can alleviate stress and promote adjustment in couples who face disabling health impairments. Much rese...
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Objective: Although most people in romantic relationships co-sleep, biosocial modulators of sleep quality have only recently come into focus. Oxytocin (OT) might be one such modulator, as it had been shown to increase social attachment and safety. We investigated the association between everyday life couple interaction and sleep quality, as well a...
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Recently, there has been growing interest in stress and coping strategies from a relational perspective. Researchers recognize the importance of a partner’s coping strategy in terms of relationship satisfaction and a relational sense of well-being. The aim of the article is to present the results of work on the Polish validation of the Dyadic Copin...
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How romantic partners interact with each other during a conflict influences how they feel at the end of the interaction and is predictive of whether the partners stay together in the long term. Hence understanding the emotions of each partner is important. Yet current approaches that are used include self-reports which are burdensome and hence limi...
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Many processes in psychology are complex, such as dyadic interactions between two interacting partners (e.g., patient-therapist, intimate relationship partners). Nevertheless, many basic questions about interactions are difficult to investigate because dyadic processes can be within a person and between partners, they are based on multimodal aspect...
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Following the global outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020, individuals report psychological distress associated with the “new normal”—social distancing, financial hardships, and increased responsibilities while working from home. Given the interpersonal nature of stress and coping responses between romantic partners, based on the systemic transaction...
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In dyadic interaction, a verbal focus on one individual (“you-talk”, “I-talk”), rather than on the couple (“we-talk”) has predominantly been linked to dysfunctional relationship processes. However, context differences in these links have not yet been systematically examined. Is it functional to asymmetrically focus on one partner during support int...
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Different forms of dyadic coping are associated with positive outcomes in partner relationships, yet little is known about dyadic coping in parent-child relationships. The current research explored the association between parent-child dyadic coping and children’s quality of life in 12–18-year old children with a chronic disease (i.e., cystic fibros...
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Research outside of India suggests that romantic partners can help one another cope with these stressors by engaging in dyadic coping; however, to date, there lacks an empirically validated self-report measure to assess perceptions of one’s own and their partner’s behaviors in the Indian cultural context. While the Dyadic Coping Inventory has been...
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Many processes in psychology are complex, such as dyadic interactions between two interacting partners (e.g. patient-therapist, intimate relationship partners). Nevertheless, many basic questions about interactions are difficult to investigate because dyadic processes can be within a person and between partners, they are based on multimodal aspects...
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How romantic partners interact with each other during a conflict influences how they feel at the end of the interaction and is predictive of whether the partners stay together in the long term. Hence understanding the emotions of each partner is important. Yet current approaches that are used include self-reports which are burdensome and hence limi...
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Introduction: For couples, depression can position diagnosed partners to receive dyadic coping and mates to primarily provide support. We examine whether inequities in dyadic coping covary with depressive symptoms. Methods: Using data from 62 mixed-gender couples with one partner diagnosed with major depression (60% female), we computed differences...
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Relationship science contends that the quality of couples’ communication predicts relationship satisfaction over time. Most studies testing these links have examined between-person associations, yet couple dynamics are also theorized at the within-person level: For a given couple, worsened communication is presumed to predict deteriorations in futu...
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Zusammenfassung. Theoretischer Hintergrund: Befunde zeigen, dass Pornographiekonsum innerhalb einer Partnerschaft im Zusammenhang steht mit sexueller Zufriedenheit. Bisher wurde aber kaum berücksichtigt, ob alleiniger oder gemeinsamer Konsum dabei ausschlaggebend sind und welche Bedeutung der sexuellen Kommunikation zukommt. Fragestellung: Diese St...
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When experiencing personal distress, people usually expect their romantic partner to be supportive. However, when put in a situation to provide support, people may at times (still) be struggling with issues of their own. This interdependent nature of dyadic coping interactions as well as potential spillover effects is mirrored in the state-of-the-a...
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Because emotional exchanges are central in couple interactions, individual competences to manage one’s own emotions and those of others are important to develop a good relational intimacy with a romantic partner over time. It is assumed that individual differences in attachment orientation influence the development of emotional competences and inti...
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Wir alle wünschen uns die große Liebe. Und wer sie gefunden hat, hofft, dass sie ein Leben lang hält. Doch die hohen Trennungs- und Scheidungsraten zeigen: Allzu oft schwindet die Liebe, und die Beziehung zerbricht. Doch Paare können etwas dagegen tun: Wie eine Pflanze bedarf die Liebe der Pflege. Es gilt, sich für die Beziehung zu engagieren, sich...
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Zusammenfassung. Theoretischer Hintergrund: Um die Einflüsse des Pornographiekonsums auf die Partnerschaft zu verstehen, werden Daten zum Erleben des eigenen und partnerschaftlichen Konsums benötigt. Fragestellung: Diese Studie soll einen Überblick über Häufigkeit, Einstellung, Motivation und Konsequenzen des Pornographiekonsums bei heterosexuellen...
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For married individuals living in Pakistan, stress within their relationship has emerged as a major source of marital conflicts and even relationship dissolution. However, research based on the systemic transactional model of dyadic coping (DC) suggests partners' use of coping strategies may help in buffering these devastating effects of stress. Th...
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When experiencing personal distress, people usually expect their romantic partner to be supportive. However, when put in a situation to provide support, people may at times (still) be struggling with issues of their own. This interdependent nature of dyadic coping interactions as well as potential spillover effects are mirrored in the state-of-the-...
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Across the world, millions of couples get married each year. One of the strongest predictors of whether partners will remain in their relationship is their reported satisfaction. Marital satisfaction is commonly found to be a key predictor of both individual and relational well-being. Despite its importance in predicting relationship longevity, the...
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Emotionen treten in den seltensten Fällen isoliert, sondern meist im Kontext sozialer Interaktionen auf. Folglich ist die Regulation von Emotionen ein Kernthema in Partnerschaften. Eine funktionale Emotionsregulation im Paar hat sich als ein wichtiger Prädiktor sowohl von individuellem Wohlbefinden als auch von Partnerschaftsqualität erwiesen. Eine...
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Background Couples and families often seek therapy to deal with relational distress, which is a result of external or internal factors of the relationship. Two approaches are acknowledged to be most effective in dealing with relationship distress or psychological disorders in couples: (a) cognitive behavioral couple therapy with new directions (CBC...
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Stress is an important factor in most models of individual psychopathology (see diathesis–stress model). However, the role of stress in close relationships is often neglected in understanding psychopathology and often considered as interpersonal tensions that originate inside the relationship. Research on stress as a dyadic construct highlights the...
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Zusammenfassung. Die vorliegende Arbeit stellt die bisherigen empirischen Befunde zur Sprachgrundfrequenz (f 0 ) in Paargesprächen vor und untersucht, wie sich die f 0 nach einer experimentellen Stressinduktion im anschließenden spontanen Gespräch zwischen den Partner_innen verändert, wie die f 0 mit der verbalen Stressäußerung zusammenhängt und wi...
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Stress is an important factor in most models of individual psychopathology (see diathesis–stress model). However, the role of stress in close relationships is often neglected in understanding psychopathology and often considered as interpersonal tensions that originate inside the relationship. Research on stress as a dyadic construct highlights the...
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Perceptions of couple interdependence - partners’ mutual identity - are a key construct in relationship research and couple and family therapy. There is a need for a self-report measure that includes cognitive, emotional, and behavioral facets associated with perceptions of partner’s interdependence or we-ness, given its utility. The present study...
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Because relationship discord and dissolution are common and costly, interventions are needed to treat distressed couples and to prevent distress among vulnerable couples. We review meta-analytic evidence showing that 60–80% of distressed couples benefit from behavioral and emotion-focused approaches to couple therapy, but we also note that treatmen...
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Die Familie ist die primäre Erziehungs-und Sozialisationsstätte, die das Kind in seiner Entwicklung stark und nachhaltig prägt. Dabei bildet die Partnerschaft der Eltern einen zentralen Dreh-und Angelpunkt des familiären Funktionierens (Zemp & Bodenmann, 2015). Ein harmonisches Familienklima ist nachweislich eine der wichtigsten Grundlagen für ein...
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This study explored self‐regulatory efforts during the viewing of couple interactions and their association with relationship satisfaction. High‐frequency heart rate variability (HF‐HRV) was measured for each participant during a video recall of a recent couple interaction to quantify the self‐regulatory processes governed by parasympathetic activi...
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The aims of the present study are to analyze the associations of different forms of dyadic coping (i.e., own supportive dyadic coping = OSDC; perceived supportive dyadic coping provided by the partner = PSDC; common dyadic coping = CDC) with relationship satisfaction, and to investigate whether these effects differ depending on the amount of percei...
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Introduction After deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN), Parkinson patients report difficulties in the relationship with their partners. The partners' experience after DBS appears to be variable and complex. Purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the partners' perspective on the relationship following STN-DBS. Subje...
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The transition to parenthood (TTP) is a stressful life event for most couples. Therefore, the way both partners jointly cope with stress (i.e., dyadic coping) is important for the prevention of individual adjustment problems (e.g., depression). For dyadic coping to be effective in reducing depressive symptoms, efforts of both partners should be equ...
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A large body of animal and human laboratory research has linked social interaction and support to pain perception, with a possible role for the neuropeptide oxytocin as a neuroendocrine mediator. However so far, it has been unclear whether these effects translate to ecologically valid everyday life behavior and pain perception. In a randomized plac...
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It is widely accepted that support-seeking behavior is culture-specific, such that Asians are less likely to seek support when stressed compared with Westerners. However, mounting evidence is based on the vignette methodology or the cross-sectional survey and utilized students sample. Little is known about how such behavior manifests in real life a...
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Objectives: Breast cancer (BC) can be understood as a we-disease, which affects the couple as a unit and requires coping as a unit (e.g., common dyadic coping, CDC). However, partners can be incongruent in their perception of CDC, for example due to misunderstandings, lack of mutuality or conflict, which may likely be associated with greater distr...
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Background: Type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a common chronic disease. To manage blood glucose levels, patients need to follow medical recommendations for healthy eating, physical activity, and medication adherence in their everyday life. Illness management is mainly shared with partners and involves social support and common dyadic coping (CDC)...
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The transition to parenthood (TTP) often is associated with declines in couple relationship satisfaction. The current study evaluated changes in three relationship behaviors, namely communication, dyadic coping and relationship self-regulation, across the TTP and the association of those behaviors with relationship satisfaction. One hundred and thr...
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Background The transition to parenthood is a critical phase for couples and often relationship relational well-being (i.e., relationship satisfaction) deteriorates. As parents’ relationship well-being is a significant predictor of children’s well-being, this decrease is also critical for children. Thus, strengthening couples during the transition t...
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Dieses essential beleuchtet den aktuellen Kenntnisstand zur Inanspruchnahme öffentlicher Kindertagesbetreuung aus bindungstheoretischer Sicht. Es gibt Fachpersonen, die mit Familien arbeiten, einen Überblick und praktische Hinweise zum Thema. Die wissenschaftlichen Befunde zur Frage, ob die Betreuung in Kinderkrippen/Kitas negative Auswirkungen auf...
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This study explored the mediating role of common dyadic coping (common DC) on the longitudinal associations between attachment‐related anxiety and avoidance and parental adjustment to the first year postpartum. A total of 92 Portuguese couples completed self‐report questionnaires of romantic attachment, common DC, parenting stress, and parental con...
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Abstract This study seeks to investigate the factor structure, convergent validity, and reliability of the Persian version of the Dyadic Coping Inventory in an Iranian sample. The sample consisted of 816 participants were involved in a questionnaire study. Factor analysis was used to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Dyadic Coping Invento...
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Financial stress can have a detrimental impact on a couple's relationship but there is no validated instrument to assess the way couples cope with financial stress. This study sought to validate the Dyadic Coping Inventory for Financial Strain (DCIFS), an adaptation of the Dyadic Coping Inventory to financial stressors, with self‐report data collec...
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Parental conflict is a well-established predictor of child maladjustment. Most research, however, has not considered how the couple’s positivity–negativity interaction ratio (i.e., the ability to compensate for negative behaviors with positive) may be linked with child adjustment. We examined interparental positivity–negativity interaction ratios r...
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BACKGROUND Type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a common chronic disease. To manage blood glucose levels, patients need to follow medical recommendations for healthy eating, physical activity, and medication adherence in their everyday life. Illness management is mainly shared with partners and involves social support and common dyadic coping (CDC)....
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Previous research suggests that neuroendocrine mechanisms underlie inter-individual stress coping in couples. The neuropeptide oxytocin (OT), while regulating stress-sensitive HPA-axis activity might be crucial in this process. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of dyadic coping abilities and OT on HPA-axis outcomes and constructiv...
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Die klinisch-psychologische Familienforschung ist eine Domäne der klinischen Psychologie. Die klinische Psychologie umfasst nach heutigem Verständnis die Klassifikation, Diagnostik, Epidemiologie, Ätiologie, Prävention, Therapie und Rehabilitation psychischer Störungen auf der individuellen Ebene (Funktions- und Muster/Syndrom-Ebene) und auf der in...
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Negative and positive conflict communication predicts long-term relationship satisfaction. However, some studies show harmful effects and others show beneficial effects of negative conflict communication on long-term relationship satisfaction. One reason for the heterogeneous results might be that most studies focused on aggregated behaviors across...
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Objective: The importance of recovery from stress is evident in times of high prevalence of stress-related diseases. Intimacy has been found to buffer psychobiological stress-reactivity, suggesting that emotional and physical closeness might trigger biological mechanisms which underlie the health-beneficial effects of couple relationships. Here we...
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Full text available on: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/5HthcjWm3HxDiQC6CUjJ/full The efficacy of couple interventions is well established; however, the mechanisms behind their efficacy in reducing relationship distress are less clear. This study examined the three-phase method, a therapeutic interaction exercise designed to strengthen couple...
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Previous studies found evidence that interparental conflict, parents’ coparenting behavior, and children’s adjustment are reciprocally related. Most prior research, however, failed to empirically distinguish between-family differences from within-family changes, limiting our understanding of how within-family fluctuations in each construct may be i...
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In intimate relationships, spousal support (or dyadic coping) can directly benefit relationships (i.e., direct effect) and protect the relationship against the negative spillover effects of stress (i.e., buffer effect). As stress-coping theories suggest, both processes can vary between persons as well as within persons. However, empirically, this d...