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Self-care and relationship conflict

Barker, Meg (2010). Self-care and relationship conflict. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 25(1) pp. 37–47.

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This paper considers the foundational role of self-care in illuminating and ameliorating relationship conflicts. Through a detailed consideration of the various ways in which self-care may help individuals to understand and work with conflict in their relationships, it presents a case for therapist encouragement of self-care practices alongside (and after) the therapeutic process. It also encourages reflective self-care as a practice for therapists themselves, including reflexive engagement with their own conflicts. The paper draws on traditional conflict management, relationship therapy and psychological understandings, as well as theories of conflict and self-care from existential philosophy, Buddhist mindfulness and social constructionism.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1468-1994
Keywords: couple therapy; individual therapy; self-care; relationship conflict; existential therapy
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 25642
Depositing User: Meg Barker
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2010 10:43
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 04:03
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