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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488264/the-primacy-of-discourse-in-the-study-of-gender-in-family-therapy
#1
Olga Sutherland, Andrea LaMarre, Carla Rice
Family therapists and scholars increasingly adopt poststructural and postmodern conceptions of social reality, challenging the notion of stable, universal dynamics within family members and families and favoring a view of reality as produced through social interaction. In the study of gender and diversity, many envision differences as social constructed rather than as "residing" in people or groups. There is a growing interest in discourse or people's everyday use of language and how it may reflect and advance interests of dominant groups in a society...
May 10, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470773/new-sexism-in-couple-therapy-a-discursive-analysis
#2
Olga Sutherland, Andrea LaMarre, Carla Rice, Laura Hardt, Amanda Le Couteur
The persistence of gender inequality in postindustrial societies is puzzling in light of a plethora of changes that destabilize it, including shifts in economy, legislation, and the proliferation of feminist politics. In family relations, such persistence manifests as a disconnect between couples aspiring to be more egalitarian yet continuing to enact traditional gender roles and hierarchies. There is an emerging consensus that gender inequality persists because of people's continued reliance on sexist ideology or gendered assumptions that constitute women as innately distinct from and inferior to men...
May 4, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452049/stepfamilies-doing-family-a-meta-ethnography
#3
Charlotte Pylyser, Ann Buysse, Tom Loeys
The present review examines how stepfamily members without a shared history co-construct a shared family identity and what family processes are relevant in this stepfamily formation. Three databases (Web of Science, PsycInfo, and ProQuest) were systematically searched, resulting in 20 included qualitative studies. The meta-ethnography approach of Noblit and Hare allowed synthesizing these qualitative studies and constructing a comprehensive framework of stepfamilies doing family. Three interdependent family tasks were identified: (a) honoring the past, (b) marking the present, and (c) investing in the future...
April 27, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439899/parents-as-partners-a-u-k-trial-of-a-u-s-couples-based-parenting-intervention-for-at-risk-low-income-families
#4
Polly Casey, Philip A Cowan, Carolyn P Cowan, Lucy Draper, Naomi Mwamba, David Hewison
Despite the well-established links between couple relationship quality and healthy family functioning, and burgeoning evidence from the international intervention field, there is little or no evidence of the efficacy of couples-based interventions from the United Kingdom (U.K.). This study explored whether the Parents as Partners (PasP) program, a group-based intervention developed in the United States, brought about the same benefits in the U.K. The evaluation is based on 97 couples with children from communities with high levels of need, recruited to PasP because they are at high risk for parent and child psychopathology...
April 24, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436587/coparenting-conflict-and-academic-readiness-in-children-of-teen-mothers-effortful-control-as-a-mediator
#5
Laudan B Jahromi, Katharine H Zeiders, Kimberly A Updegraff, Adriana J Umaña-Taylor, Sara Douglass Bayless
Children's exposure to coparenting conflict has important implications for their developmental functioning, yet limited work has focused on such processes in families with diverse structures or ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds. This longitudinal study examined the processes by which Mexican-origin adolescent mothers' coparenting conflict with their 3-year-old children's grandmothers and biological fathers (N = 133 families) were linked to children's academic and social skills at 5 years of age, and whether children's effortful control at 4 years of age mediated the link between coparenting conflict and indices of children's academic readiness...
April 24, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425562/couples-with-intimate-partner-violence-seeking-relationship-help-associations-and-implications-for-self-help-and-online-interventions
#6
McKenzie K Roddy, Emily J Georgia, Brian D Doss
In-person conjoint treatments for relationship distress are effective at increasing relationship satisfaction, and newly developed online programs are showing promising results. However, couples reporting even low levels intimate partner violence (IPV) are traditionally excluded from these interventions. To improve the availability of couple-based treatment for couples with IPV, the present study sought to determine whether associations with IPV found in community samples generalized to couples seeking help for their relationship and whether web-based interventions for relationship distressed worked equally well for couples with IPV...
April 20, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328086/recruitment-and-retention-of-low-ses-ethnic-minority-couples-in-intervention-research-at-the-transition-to-parenthood
#7
Katherine J W Baucom, Xiao S Chen, Nicholas S Perry, Kaddy Y Revolorio, Astrid Reina, Andrew Christensen
Low-SES couples have limited resources to manage the chronic and acute stressors with which they are disproportionately faced. Although these couples are at greater risk for negative individual and relationship outcomes, evaluations of the impact of couple relationship education (CRE) in low-SES couples have been plagued by methodological problems, most notably challenges associated with recruitment and retention. We review the literature on challenges couples face associated with low-SES, as well as on recruitment, retention, and CRE in low-SES, ethnic minority populations...
March 22, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317112/sacred-practices-and-family-processes-in-a-jewish-context-shabbat-as-the-weekly-family-ritual-par-excellence
#8
Loren D Marks, Trevan G Hatch, David C Dollahite
The present article provides a deep and more focused look at the utility, meaning, processes, and power involved in a specific, family-level, sacred practice or ritual from Judaism: Shabbat (Sabbath). Content analysis of in-depth interviews with 30 diverse, marriage-based Jewish families living in the United States (N = 77 individuals) yielded three emergent themes: (a) "Shabbat brings us closer together"; (b) How Shabbat brings the family together; and (c) The Power of Blessing the Children. These themes will be discussed respectively, along with related verbatim data from participants' in-depth qualitative interviews...
March 19, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299791/prospective-pilot-study-of-the-mastering-each-new-direction-psychosocial-family-systems-program-for-pediatric-chronic-illness
#9
Brian Distelberg, Daniel Tapanes, Natacha D Emerson, Whitney N Brown, Deepti Vaswani, Jackie Williams-Reade, Ara M Anspikian, Susanne Montgomery
Psychosocial interventions for pediatric chronic illness (CI) have been shown to support health management. Interventions that include a family systems approach offer potentially stronger and more sustainable improvements. This study explores the biopsychosocial benefits of a novel family systems psychosocial intervention (MEND: Mastering Each New Direction). Forty-five families participated in a 21-session intensive outpatient family systems-based program for pediatric CI. Within this single arm design, families were measured on five domains of Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) self-report measures; Stress, Cognitive Functioning, Mental Health, Child HRQL, Family Functioning...
March 15, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299783/testing-a-military-family-stress-model
#10
Abigail H Gewirtz, David S DeGarmo, Osnat Zamir
The current study examines a military family stress model, evaluating associations between deployment-related stressors (i.e., deployment length/number, posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD] symptoms) and parent, child, parenting, and dyadic adjustment among families in which a parent had previously deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan in the recent conflicts. Married families (N = 293) with at least one child between the ages of 4 and 12 were recruited from a Midwestern state. Service members were from the Reserve Component (National Guard or Reserves); fathers (N = 253) and/or mothers had deployed (N = 45) to the recent conflicts in the Middle East...
March 15, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271505/trauma-symptoms-communication-and-relationship-satisfaction-in-military-couples
#11
Melissa Bakhurst, Annabel McGuire, W Kim Halford
Trauma symptoms are negatively correlated with couple relationship satisfaction, which is of particular importance in the relationships of military personnel who are often exposed to trauma whilst on overseas deployment. This study tested a model in which communication mediated an association between trauma symptoms and low relationship satisfaction. Thirty-one Australian military couples were observationally assessed during a communication task, and assessed on their relationship satisfaction and individual functioning...
March 8, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271492/parental-perceived-control-and-social-support-linkages-to-change-in-parenting-behaviors-during-early-adolescence
#12
Melissa A Lippold, Terese Glatz, Gregory M Fosco, Mark E Feinberg
Prior studies have found that parents' perceptions of control over their lives and their social support may both be important for parenting behaviors. Yet, few studies have examined their unique and interacting influence on parenting behaviors during early adolescence. This longitudinal study of rural parents in two-parent families (N = 636) investigated (a) whether perceived control and social support when their youth were in sixth grade were independently or interactively associated with changes in parenting behaviors (discipline, standard setting) and parent-child warmth and hostility 6 months later and (b) if these linkages differed by parent gender...
March 8, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266715/stepfamily-relationship-quality-and-children-s-internalizing-and-externalizing-problems
#13
Todd M Jensen, Melissa A Lippold, Roger Mills-Koonce, Gregory M Fosco
The stepfamily literature is replete with between-group analyses by which youth residing in stepfamilies are compared to youth in other family structures across indicators of adjustment and well-being. Few longitudinal studies examine variation in stepfamily functioning to identify factors that promote the positive adjustment of stepchildren over time. Using a longitudinal sample of 191 stepchildren (56% female, mean age = 11.3 years), the current study examines the association between the relationship quality of three central stepfamily dyads (stepparent-child, parent-child, and stepcouple) and children's internalizing and externalizing problems concurrently and over time...
March 7, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247583/silence-and-memories-of-war-an-autoethnographic-exploration-of-family-secrecy
#14
Peter Rober, Paul C Rosenblatt
A personal journey and a scientific challenge, this is an autoethnographic study about my own family's secrecy. I knew my grandfather had been a German prisoner of war during World War II. We all knew. But nobody talked about it. Then one day I decided I wanted to do systematic research on the issue of family secrecy around my grandfather's war experiences. Researching one's own family can be called autoethnography. It could be said that autoethnography is an approach to research that aims to describe and systemically analyze (graphy) personal experience (auto) to understand social and cultural phenomena (ethno)...
March 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247582/editorial-mentalization-and-psychoanalytic-couple-and-family-therapy
#15
EDITORIAL
Jay L Lebow
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861799/mentalizing-family-violence-part-1-conceptual-framework
#16
Eia Asen, Peter Fonagy
This is the first of two companion papers describing concepts and techniques of a mentalization-based approach to understanding and managing family violence. We review evidence that attachment difficulties, sudden high levels of arousal, and poor affect control contribute to a loss of mentalizing capacity, which, in turn, undermines social learning and can favor the transgenerational transmission of violent interaction patterns. It is suggested that physically violent acts are only possible if mentalizing is temporarily inhibited or decoupled...
March 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26269291/parents-taking-action-a-psycho-educational-intervention-for-latino-parents-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#17
Sandra Magaña, Kristina Lopez, Wendy Machalicek
The increased prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among Latino children, later diagnosis, limited access to bicultural specialist support, and worsened health outcomes when compared to non-Latinos points to the need for a culturally relevant parent education intervention. This pilot study examined the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes of a culturally derived intervention, Parents Taking Action, for 19 Spanish-speaking mothers of children with ASD. This study introduces the Promotora de Salud Model of intervention delivery to the autism field...
March 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26198081/parents-differential-treatment-of-adolescent-siblings-in-african-american-families
#18
Anna R Solmeyer, Susan M McHale
Research on European and European American families suggests that parents' differential treatment of siblings has negative implications for youths' adjustment, but few studies have explored these dynamics in minority samples. This study examined parents' differential acceptance and conflict in a sample of mothers, fathers, and two adolescent siblings in 179 African American families who were interviewed on three annual occasions. In an effort to replicate findings from European and European American samples, we assessed the longitudinal associations between differential treatment and adolescent adjustment and tested three sibling characteristics (birth order, gender, and dyad gender composition) as potential moderators of these linkages...
March 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217889/co-occurring-trajectory-of-mothers-substance-use-and-psychological-control-and-children-s-behavior-problems-the-effects-of-a-family-systems-intervention
#19
Jing Zhang, Natasha Slesnick, Xin Feng
This study examined the effects of a family systems therapy (Ecologically-Based Family Therapy [EBFT]) on the co-occurring trajectory of mothers' substance use and psychological control, and its association with children's problem behaviors. Participants included 183 mothers with a substance use disorder who had at least one biological child in their care. Mothers were randomly assigned to one of the three intervention conditions: EBFT-home, n = 62; EBFT-office, n = 61; or Women's Health Education, n = 60...
February 19, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205225/global-mental-health-a-call-for-increased-awareness-and-action-for-family-therapists
#20
Jo Ellen Patterson, Todd M Edwards, Susanna Vakili
Global mental health (GMH) is an emerging field that focuses on the need for culturally sensitive mental health services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). While many new initiatives have been established worldwide to understand GMH needs and to provide care in LMICs, family therapists have primarily worked with families in high-income countries. The few existing family-based initiatives in GMH focus on psychoeducation and are typically not based on general systems theory. However, emerging trends in family therapy may enable family therapists to impact mental health issues in LMICs...
February 15, 2017: Family Process
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