"Marital trap analysis"-incompetence, complementarity, and success traps: Identifying potential future dysfunctions based on a couple's current collusive agreements

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Abstract

This paper describes three types of "traps" or collusive marital agreements-incompetence traps, complementarity traps, and success traps-in which the mates renounce or forgo competent functioning in vital areas of marital roles and experience. It is suggested that responsible clinical work with the couple should include a careful evaluation of such traps and the potential breakdown or dysfunction inherent in each one, and a decision as to whether or not to attempt therapeutic penetration into such collusive agreements even before the couple complain directly about their arrangement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-180
Number of pages18
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1987

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