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dc.contributor.authorNyman-Salonen, Petra
dc.contributor.authorKykyri, Virpi-Liisa
dc.contributor.authorTschacher, Wolfgang
dc.contributor.authorMuotka, Joona
dc.contributor.authorTourunen, Anu
dc.contributor.authorPenttonen, Markku
dc.contributor.authorSeikkula, Jaakko
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-16T05:26:15Z
dc.date.available2021-11-16T05:26:15Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationNyman-Salonen, P., Kykyri, V.-L., Tschacher, W., Muotka, J., Tourunen, A., Penttonen, M., & Seikkula, J. (2021). Nonverbal Synchrony in Couple Therapy Linked to Clients’ Well-Being and the Therapeutic Alliance. <i>Frontiers in Psychology</i>, <i>12</i>, Article 718353. <a href="https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.718353" target="_blank">https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.718353</a>
dc.identifier.otherCONVID_101875242
dc.identifier.urihttps://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78660
dc.description.abstractNonverbal synchrony between individuals has a robust relation to the positive aspects of relationships. In psychotherapy, where talking is the cure, nonverbal synchrony has been related to a positive outcome of therapy and to a stronger therapeutic alliance between therapist and client in dyadic settings. Only a few studies have focused on nonverbal synchrony in multi-actor therapy conversations. Here, we studied the synchrony of head and body movements in couple therapy, with four participants present (spouses and two therapists). We analyzed more than 2000min of couple therapy videos from 11 couple therapy cases using Motion Energy Analysis and a Surrogate Synchrony (SUSY), a procedure used earlier in dyadic psychotherapy settings. SUSY was calculated for all six dyads per session, leading to synchrony computations for 66 different dyads. Significant synchrony occurred in all 29 analyzed sessions and between the majority of dyads. Complex models were used to determine the relations between nonverbal synchrony and the clients’ well-being and all participants’ evaluations of the therapeutic alliance. The clients’ well-being was related to body synchronies in the sessions. Differences were found between the clients’ and therapists’ alliance evaluations: the clients’ alliance evaluations were related to synchrony between both dyads of opposite gender, whereas the therapists’ alliance evaluations were related to synchrony between dyads of the same gender, but opposite to themselves. With four participants present, our study introduces a new aspect of nonverbal synchrony, since as a dyad synchronizes, the other two participants are observing it. Nonverbal synchrony seems to be as important in couple therapy as in individual psychotherapy, but the presence of multiple participants makes the patterns more complex.en
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherFrontiers Media SA
dc.relation.ispartofseriesFrontiers in Psychology
dc.rightsCC BY 4.0
dc.subject.othercouple therapy
dc.subject.othernonverbal synchrony
dc.subject.othermotion energy analysis
dc.subject.othersurrogate synchrony
dc.subject.othertherapeutic alliance
dc.subject.otherclient well-being
dc.titleNonverbal Synchrony in Couple Therapy Linked to Clients’ Well-Being and the Therapeutic Alliance
dc.typearticle
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:fi:jyu-202111165673
dc.contributor.laitosPsykologian laitosfi
dc.contributor.laitosYhteiskuntatieteiden ja filosofian laitosfi
dc.contributor.laitosDepartment of Psychologyen
dc.contributor.laitosDepartment of Social Sciences and Philosophyen
dc.contributor.oppiainePsykologiafi
dc.contributor.oppiainePsychologyen
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
dc.description.reviewstatuspeerReviewed
dc.relation.issn1664-1078
dc.relation.volume12
dc.type.versionpublishedVersion
dc.rights.copyright© 2021 Nyman-Salonen, Kykyri, Tschacher, Muotka, Tourunen, Penttonen and Seikkula
dc.rights.accesslevelopenAccessfi
dc.relation.grantnumber314878
dc.subject.ysopariterapia
dc.subject.ysoliikeanalyysi
dc.subject.ysosanaton viestintä
dc.format.contentfulltext
jyx.subject.urihttp://www.yso.fi/onto/yso/p23727
jyx.subject.urihttp://www.yso.fi/onto/yso/p24952
jyx.subject.urihttp://www.yso.fi/onto/yso/p1855
dc.rights.urlhttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.relation.doi10.3389/fpsyg.2021.718353
dc.relation.funderSuomen Akatemiafi
dc.relation.funderAcademy of Finlanden
jyx.fundingprogramAkatemiahanke, SAfi
jyx.fundingprogramAcademy Project, AoFen
jyx.fundinginformationAcademy of Finland, grant number 265492 (Relational Mind in Events of Change in Multiactor Therapeutic Dialogues). Kone foundation, grant number 201710524 (Experiential Demarcation: Multidisciplinary Inquiries into the Affective Foundations of Interaction).


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