Couple-Oriented Interventions for Mental Health: A Scoping Review

Minji Gil, Suk Sun Kim, Daeun Kim, Hyunmin Han, Boram Lim, Jennie C. De Gagne

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The purpose of this research was to systematically examine and collate evidence on couple-oriented interventions for mental health to identify trends in the literature, review research strategies, and suggest directions for future research. A systematic search included studies relating to couple-oriented interventions for preventing mental disorders and/or promoting mental health. We identified a total of 52 studies, which included 55 articles. Our findings revealed that interventions were delivered through various modes, including face-to-face, telephone, and online, with the majority of couple-oriented interventions operating in conjoint sessions. The most common intervention was for selective prevention targeting patients with cancer and their partners. This review provided evidence of the applicability of theoretical frameworks, dyad analysis, and measurements associated with couple-oriented interventions. Findings can help family nurse practitioners and health care professionals advance strategies to develop and implement evidence-based, couple-oriented interventions for primary prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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  • couple-oriented intervention
  • couples
  • mental health
  • primary prevention
  • scoping review


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