IRSP Faculty Affiliate Profile:
Andrew Christensen
Department of Psychology
502 Portola Plaza
Franz Hall A225
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
Phone: (310) 825-7732

I am interested in the processes and outcome of couple therapy. In addition, I am interesting in couple conflict, particularly in the pattern of conflict in which one partner tends to demand and the other to withdraw.

Selected Publications

Eldridge, K., Sevier, M., Jones, J. T., Atkins, D. C., & Christensen, A. (in press). Demand-Withdraw Communication in Severely Distressed, Moderately Distressed, and Non-Distressed Couples: Rigidity and Polarity During Relationship and Personal Problem Discussions. Journal of Family Psychology.

Baucom, B., Eldridge, K., Jones, J., Sevier, M., Clements, M., Markman, H., Stanley, S., Sayers, S. L., Sher, T., & Christensen, A. (2007). Relative contributions of relationship distress and depression to communication patterns in couples. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26, 689.

McFarland, P. T. & Christensen, A. (2007). Marital conflict. In G. Fink (Ed.) Encyclopedia of stress 2nd Edition (pp. 651-652). Oxford: Academic Press. A revision of the 2000 article with the same title and authors.

Simpson, L.E., Doss, B.D., Wheeler, J., & Christensen, A. (2007). Relationship violence among couples seeking therapy: Common couple violence or battering? Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33, 270-283.

Christensen, A., Atkins, D. C., Yi, J., Baucom, D. H., & George, W. H. (2006). Couple and individual adjustment for two years following a randomized clinical trial comparing traditional versus integrative behavioral couple therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 1180-1191.

Doss, B. D. & Christensen, A. (2006). Acceptance in romantic relationships: The Frequency and Acceptability of Partner Behavior Inventory. Psychological Assessment, 18, 289-302.

Sagrestano, L. M., Heavey, C. L., & Christensen, A. (2006). Individual differences versus social structural approaches to explaining demand-withdraw and social influence behaviors. In K. Dindia & D. J. Canary (Eds.), Sex differences and similarities in communication (pp.379-395). Mahway, New Jersey: Erlbaum.

Christensen, A., Eldridge, K., Catta-Preta, A. B., Lim, V. R., & Santagata, R. (2006). Cross-cultural consistency of the demand/withdraw interaction in couples. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 68, 1029-1044.

Christensen, A., Baucom, D. H., Vu, C. T., & Stanton, S. (2005). Methodologically sound, cost-effective research on the outcome of couple therapy. Journal of Family Psychology, 19, 6-17.

Christensen, A., Doss, B. D., & Atkins, D. C. (2005). A Science of Couple Therapy: For What Should We Seek Empirical Support? In W. M. Pinsof & J. Lebow (Eds.). Family psychology: The art of the science (pp. 43-63). Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.

Christensen, A., Atkins, D. C., Berns, S., Wheeler, J., Baucom, D. H. & Simpson, L. E. (2004). Traditional versus integrative behavioral couple therapy for significantly and chronically distressed married couples, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 176–191.

Selected Courses
Psychology 272, Couple Therapy