This study examined whether two therapy interventions – relational reframe followed by empty chair – were associated with increases in sadness intensity and decreases in anger intensity among a sample of 61 undergraduate students suffering from unresolved anger toward an attachment figure (e.g. parent, sibling, and past-romantic partner). Participants underwent a single analog therapy session comprised of three interventions delivered in sequence: empathic focus on their anger; relational reframe; and empty-chair enactment. Participants retrospectively reported on the intensity of their attachment-related anger and sadness during the session using an interpersonal process recall procedure. Results showed that over the course of the relational reframe and empty-chair intervention sequence, sadness intensity increased and anger intensity decreased. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
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Gary M. Diamond is an associate professor and acting Chair of the Department of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva, Israel. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and family therapist and directs the Psychotherapy Research Lab at BGU. He is a co-developer of Attachment-Based Family Therapy for depressed and suicidal adolescents and co-recipient of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 2014 annual research award. His research focuses on the process and outcome of ABFT, emotional processing, and promoting parental acceptance among families with same-sex-oriented adolescents and young adults.
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology
- Applied Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health